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  • Die Feen

    0 0%
  • Das Liebesverbot

    0 0%
  • Rienzi

    1 1.52%
  • The Flying Dutchman

    5 7.58%
  • Tannhäuser

    13 19.70%
  • Lohengrin

    6 9.09%
  • Das Rheingold

    4 6.06%
  • Die Walküre

    1 1.52%
  • Siegfried

    0 0%
  • Götterdämmerung

    1 1.52%
  • Tristan und Isolde

    16 24.24%
  • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    7 10.61%
  • Parsifal

    12 18.18%
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    All of them are great.1 The Dutchman's overture has four leitmotifs in it the Dutchman's,the redemption through love motif, the wind and sea motif, and the Norwegian sailor's motif. It provides you with a great summary of the plot. 2Tannhauser's is so unique. The leitmotif of the pilgrims is amazing considering the fact that Wagner was not a religious man and didn't compose religious and sacred works(unlike Bach, Handel, Liszt etc.) 3Lohengrin's is great as well. It's sublime. It depicts the story of the Holy Grail(Actually i was torn between Tannhauser's and Lohengrin's.)4 Das Rheingold's prelude is about nature, in fact it's nature tself. 5 the first time i listened to Die Walküre's prelude,even though i didn't know anything about the plot(Sigmund's running away from Hunding's family), i quite got the feeling that this prelude is about someone running away and someone pursuing them. That's Wagner's magic! 6 Siegfried's prelude shows Mime's brooding over the Nibelungen treasure and the dragon. 7 Gotterdammerung's is long but works like a flashback, it tells you what Wotan has been doing ever since the previous opera. 8 T&I's mindblowing: two lovers who long for each other but sadly can't be with each other and can reach fulfilment only through death. 9 Parsifal's prelude is, how should i put it, heavenly?(i love everything about Parsifal .)
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    Voted Lohengrin, but could have also gone for Tristan or Parsifal. I've never actually heard Lohengrin. I ought to change that soon.
    Last edited by flamencosketches; Sep-25-2020 at 02:10.

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    I can't pick one favorite. There are so many good ones.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    I think about it, will be back
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

    "Liberté, égalité, fraternité"

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    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

    - Yip Harburg

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    I've loved the overture to "Tannhäuser" since my childhood days as a fledgling classical fan. Easy choice for me.

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    Tannhäuser. ohne Frage! (the most transcribed for piano and organ, Wagner's Overture.)
    „Es gibt drei Arten von Pianisten: jüdische Pianisten, homosexuelle Pianisten -- und schlechte Pianisten.“ V. Horowitz

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    Tannhäuser, Paris version.
    "...it is said that first your heart sings, then you play. I think if it is not like that, then it is only just combination of notes, isn't it? " - Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Master of the Sitar.

    ‘When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!‘

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    I chose the Tannhauser Overture in the poll. It is my favorite overture by Wagner as the Pilgrim's chorus is an incredibly powerful and moving melody and the subsequent Venusberg music is beautiful too. If I had to quickly rank the overtures/preludes of the Wagner operas I've listened to/seen in order, it'd be as follows:

    1) Tannhauser Overture
    2) Prelude to Parsifal
    3) Die Meistersingers von Nuremberg Overture
    4) Prelude to Lohengrin
    5) Prelude to Das Rheingold
    6) Der Fliegende Hollander Overture
    7) Prelude to Die Walkure
    8) Prelude to Siegfried
    9) Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
    10) Prelude to Gotterdamerung

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimace View Post
    Tannhäuser. ohne Frage! (the most transcribed for piano and organ, Wagner's Overture.)
    Stimmt, mein Herr.

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