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Siegfried Idyll (Score & Parts)-WW5/STG4/KB

Composer: Wagner, Richard

Publisher: Schottstadt Verlag (Germany)

Edition: 66492


Siegfried Idyll
for woodwind quintet and string quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, and string bass
by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)- German opera composer

Arranged by Rainer Schottstadt.

Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried, in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870, by a small ensemble on the stairs of their villa in Lucerne, Switzerland. Cosima awoke to its opening melody. 

The original title was Triebschen Idyll with Fidi's birdsong and the orange sunrise, as symphonic birthday greeting. Presented to his Cosima by her Richard. "Fidi" was the family's nickname for their son Siegfried. It is thought that the birdsong and the sunrise refer to incidents of personal significance to the couple.