Tristan and Isolde WWV 90

Tristan and Isolde WWV 90 – Bärenreiter-Verlag – National Archive of the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung (Bayreuth, Germany)

Germany — 1857–1859

The beginning of modern music: Wagner's handwritten score of his renowned opera, whose premiere in Bayreuth in 1865 marked the beginning of a new musical era

  1. Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813–83) was a revolutionary composer and a definitive figure of Romanticism

  2. This original manuscript is a witness to Wagner’s creative process, tracing the development of the popular opera

  3. It premiered in Bayreuth on June 10th, 1865 through the generous patronage of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–86)

Tristan and Isolde WWV 90

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Tristan and Isolde WWV 90

A towering figure of 19th century Romanticism, an innovator of lavish stage productions, and one of the most influential composers of the modern era: Wilhelm Richard Wagner. Famous for his adaptations of Norse myths and Arthurian legends into grand operas, Wagner’s creations have remained popular for the last 150 years. Under the patronage of the art-loving King Ludwig II of Bavaria, he created an opera that is considered to be the dawn of modern music: Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde WWV 90

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (1813–83) is arguably the most influential composer of the modern era, who revolutionized opera by not only writing both the libretto and music, but through his concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk or “total work of art”. He did this by synthesizing of various arts comprising not only music but poetry, drama, visual arts in dazzling stage productions and often found inspiration in Norse myths and Arthurian legends. Wagner’s creations distinguish themselves not only through their refinement and complexity but through their raw, powerful emotionality. He is a major figure in the history of Romanticism and his opera Tristan and Isolde is regarded as the dawn of modern music. That being said, Wagner lamented of the composition’s inadequacy and difficulties with staging the work caused him to believe in its inevitable failure.

Patronized by the King of Bavaria

Wagner eventually found a patron willing to provide the kind of generous support that the production required in King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–86), and it finally premiered in Munich on June 10th, 1865. It has enjoyed continuous popularity over the last 150 years. This is the original manuscript composed in Wagner’s own beautiful handwriting and stored under the shelf mark WWV 90 in the National Archives of the Richard Wagner Foundation in Bayreuth. The score is a witness to Wagner’s creative process, tracing the work in progress. The complete score is accompanied by an autographed document with the concerto from the end of the prelude as well as three sheets, which Wagner separated from the manuscript and used for sketches.


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Tristan and Isolde WWV 90 – Bärenreiter-Verlag – National Archive of the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung (Bayreuth, Germany)
Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2012
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Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2012

Publisher: Bärenreiter-Verlag – Kassel, 2012
Commentary: 1 volume by Ulrich Konrad
Languages: German, English
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The pages are presented on a larger white background. The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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