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Prelude to Act 3 from 'Lohengrin'

Prelude to Act 3 from 'Lohengrin'

By Geoffrey Brand

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Prelude to Act 3 from 'Lohengrin' by Geoffrey Brand. Arranged by Geoffrey Brand. For concert band (Piccolo, 1st Flute, 2nd Flute, 1st Oboe, 2nd Oboe*, Eb Clarinet*, 1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Clarinet*, Bb Bass Clarinet, 1st Bassoon, 2nd Bassoon*, 1st Eb Alto Saxophone, 2nd Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Barit). Band Music. Grade 5. Score only. Duration 3:00. Published by C. Alan Publications (CN.S11230).

Music of enormous excitement and expectation - marked "very animated" - with brass blazing a powerful call against a tingling triplet figure in support. In Wagner's own words - "awaken the mute lines of this score to bright surrounding life."

In a letter addressed to "My dear Liszt," dated May 1852, Richard Wagner writes: "It was you who awakened the mute lines of this score to bright surrounding life." He was referring to a performance of his opera Lohengrin which Franz Liszt conducted at the Weirner Court Theatre on August 28, 1850. The letter was sent from Zurich, since Wagner was exiled from Germany at this time. He had completed his romantic opera, Lohengrin, some five years earlier but doubted whether he would ever hear it performed. The action takes place in Antwerp in the first half of the 10th century. Elsa and Lohengrin are to be married and the 3rd Act opens as they proceed in great splendour, accompanied by their respective noblewomen and noblemen, to the cathedral. As a Prelude to the curtain rising Wagner unleashed music of enormous excitement and expectation - marked "very animated" - with brass blazing a powerful call against a tingling triplet figure in support. In the opera this magnificent Prelude leads directly into the Bridal Scene as Elsa and Lohengrin make their way solemnly to the betrothal ceremony. Wagner achieves this change of mood and atmosphere most skillfully. In arranging the Prelude for concert performance the challenge was to provide an ending which provides a satisfactory climax to Wagner's blaze of instrumental colour, without proceeding to the solemn betrothal music. This was resolved by using the composer's own mighty flourish to end Act I of his opera. Now, the gauntlet is thrown down to all who perform it to - in Wagner's own words - "awaken the mute lines of this score to bright surrounding life.".

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Format: Score 

Level: Grade 5