Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude

The score of Tristan und Isolde has often been cited as a landmark in the development of Western music. In this score Wagner uses a remarkable range of orchestral colour, harmony and polyphony and does so with a freedom rarely found in his earlier operas. The very first chord in the piece is the so-called Tristan chord, often taken to be of great significance in the move away from traditional tonal harmony since it encompasses not one but two dissonances:

Sample Music Files:

Opera: Tristan und Isolde
Movement: Vorspiel
Ensemble: Fulda Symphonic Orchestra

Prelude to "Tristan und Isolde"

Piano Sheet:


Anonymous said...

Please do you know a piano performance of the opera ??
Thanks in advance

Ted the Musical said...

Glenn Gould performed the Prelude. It can be found on the soundtrack for 32 short films about Glenn Gould.

Now... send me some dark chocolate as a reward :)

Anonymous said...

That looks incredibly hard