WAGNER, RICHARD. 1813-1883. Autograph Musical Manuscript, being the Prelude to Act III of Siegfried, with the first several bars of music, titled Siegfried Dritter Aufzug (Tribschen. 22 Juni 1869),
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WAGNER, RICHARD. 1813-1883.
Autograph Musical Manuscript, being the Prelude to Act III of Siegfried, with the first several bars of music, titled Siegfried Dritter Aufzug (Tribschen. 22 Juni 1869),
US$ 150,000 - 200,000
£ 110,000 - 150,000

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WAGNER, RICHARD. 1813-1883. Autograph Musical Manuscript, being the Prelude to Act III of Siegfried, with the first several bars of music, titled Siegfried Dritter Aufzug (Tribschen. 22 Juni 1869),
WAGNER, RICHARD. 1813-1883.
Autograph Musical Manuscript, being the Prelude to Act III of Siegfried, with the first several bars of music, titled Siegfried Dritter Aufzug (Tribschen. 22 Juni 1869), 2 pp, recto and verso, folio (328 x 249 mm), ruled with 21 staves per page noted in brown ink with some pencil revisions on 29 staves (systems of 3 and 2 staves), some very minor browning and staining.

This score, heavily marked up with alterations and corrections, covers the first scene of the opera up to the entrance of Wotan (disguised as the Wanderer), approximately corresponding to the first 73 bars, but without bars 19 and 20. It differs significantly from the published version, particularly bars 15-20, which are transposed upwards, and the passage is shortened by two bars. A version of this section, page 89 of the Zweiter Gesamtentwurf, is held at the Nationalarchiv und Forschungsstätte der Richard-Wagner-Stiftung Bayreuth (A III c 2). This would appear to be a discarded draft of that version.

Wagner had been struggling with the text for Siegfried's Tod, which eventually became Götterdämmerung, and decided that he needed a preface. In 1851, he began writing the libretto to this preface, originally entitled Jung-Siegfried (Young Siegfried), completing it in the last two months of 1852. The musical score of the first two acts of Siegfried was begun in 1856, but between 1857 and 1869 he stopped to compose Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger. He finally returned to this, the third act of Siegfried in 1869, completing it in 1871. It was not performed until the first complete production of the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festival in 1876. The style of Act III of Siegfried is richer in complex harmonies than the two earlier acts, and displays greater subtlety in the interplay of its musical motifs, including those of the Valkyrie and Wotan's Spear.
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