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Conductor, E. GODFREY BROWN
Prelude and Love's Death (Tristan and Isolda)
Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine Venusberg Music (Tannhauser) Overture, The Flying Dutchman March (Tannhauser)
This afternoon's programme of Wagner's music consists almost entirely of the composer's greatest contributions to symphonic literature. The ' Prelude and Love's Death' from Tristan and Isolda epitomises the tragedy of the whole music drama in a manner both vivid and highly concentrated. As an example of magnificent climax and expressive love music the ' Prelude and Love's Death ' is surely without equal. ' Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine', from The Twilight of the Gods, is a fine piece of pictorial writing describing the early morning after Brünnhilda's Awakening and Siegfried's Wooing on the fire-girt rock, Siegfried's farewell, and the beginning of his journey. Wagner's genius for tone painting is again seen in the Venusberg Music and The Flying Dutchman Overture.
These three items alone are enough to show what an inuneasurable loss to symphonic music it was that Wagner had neither the time nor the inclination to compose a series of symphonic poems after the style of those of Liszt.
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