Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a German composer known for many of his pieces that paved the path to modern music, including The Ring of the Nibelung. Tristan and Isolde is an opera in three acts by the composer which is largely based on the twelfth-century romance by Gottfried von Strassburg. Below is the haunting prelude from the opera that was also used in many famous films, including Lars von Trier’s sublime Melancholia (2011).
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Been to The Ring Cycle several times!
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This is among my favorite Wagner compositions. I’ve had the good fortune to see this along with other Wagner operas performed at Lyric Opera of Chicago over several decades including two complete Ring cycles.
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