Richard Wagner expressed his enthusiasm and excitement for his new musical drama Tristan und Isolde while working on its score. The work's radical originality was ahead of its time and signified the "dawn" of the modern era over 150 years ago. Wagner took pride in his calligraphic handwriting, which is clearly evident in the Tristan manuscript. However, traces of his working process are also present, adding to its fascination. The manuscript reflects Wagner's concentrated, powerful, and relentless writing, making it an unparalleled reflection of his individuality and uniqueness.
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Tristan and Isolde WWV 90
Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 2012
- Commentary (English, German) by Konrad, Ulrich
- This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Tristan and Isolde WWV 90: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.
The facsimile is the complete reproduction of the whole original document, however, the pages - not trimmed according to the original - are set on a larger white background.
In addition to the complete score, the edition includes the autograph concert ending of the Vorspiel as well as three pages that Wagner rejected while composing and later used for sketches.
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