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Overture to Tannhauser

Concert Paraphrase for Piano

By Richard Wagner

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Concert Paraphrase for Piano. Composed by Richard Wagner (1813-1883). Edited by Peter Jost. Arranged by Andreas Groethuysen and Franz Liszt. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Classical. Softcover. G. Henle #HN1066. Published by G. Henle (HL.51481066).

Item Number: HL.51481066

9x12 inches.

Looking back in 1876, Liszt admitted candidly to the publisher Breitkopf & Hartel that his 'Wagner transcriptions' had 'only served as modest propaganda for Wagner's noble genius, using the meagre possibilities of the piano'. In fact, in around 1850, Wagner's operas Der fliegende Hollander, Tannhauser and Lohengrin - which would later be so successful - were only being performed at the Weimar Court Theatre under Liszt's baton. Liszt was inspired to compose his Tannhauser Paraphrase by performances in Weimar of the overture in 1848 and of the whole opera in February 1849. Liszt's piano arrangement of the overture is a technically brilliant piece of the highest order. It is a further milestone in Henle Publishers' series of Liszt's Wagner arrangements.

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