The legendary love story, and Wagner at the peak of his creative powers. Beautifully reprinted here in the authoritative edition prepared by C. F. Peters, Leipzig, ca. 1910.
Excellent reprint of a fine edition - pity that traditional (non-modern) staff order is followed here...
By Alexander Z. Damyanovich - December 17, 2007
The only reason I can't give this volume a full 5 stars is the ordering of the staves in each system: not only (as with Schott's other 1st-edition-scores of Wagner's works) is it occasionally inconsistent from system to system; it also still insists on NOT separating the woodwinds from the brass (and, worse yet, mixes them around!); furthermore, it's awkward to have to look for the violins and viols as being ABOVE the voice-parts instead of below.
Otherwise, it's a steal and absolutely a MUST-GET for any serious musician who cares about his craft (whether conductor, singer or instrumentalist)!!! Not only is it a very reliable edition (typical with C.F. Peters), it also is that much the more valuable for including the editorial markings and suggestions of an important Wagnerian conductor of 100 years ago by the name of Felix Mottl; it's very obvious that he knew his stuff!!!! To boot, the fonts and engravings are such that one just CAN'T fault it other than what I've... read more
Superbly constructed score for an operatic milestone
By Timothy P. Scanlon - February 18, 2005
Even people who are not Wagner fans will admit that this piece of music certainly ranks as the most influential in contemporary music. One can find the direct influences on, for example, Claude Debussy and Gustav Mahler. The "Tristan chord" reverbrates throughout literature, has become a literary formula in itself.
I have many of the Wagner scores out of simple curiosity; I don't claim to have the musical expertise by which I could either play or conduct any of the masterpieces. But they are often fascinating to follow while listening to the operas.
This score is structured in the traditional format. But for me it's particularly valuable because I can see that "Tristan chord" over and over. I may even transcribe some of the music so that even as unaccomplished a musician as I can play it.
I long to follow this again and again too, along with the several recordings of I have of "Tristan und Isolde."
Further, the art on the cover is the same... read more
Wagner's Tristan und Isolde--every last note
By John P. Mckelvey "American Record Guide" - May 21, 2010
This Dover publication offers a complete orchestral and vocal score of one of the most complex and difficult musical works ever written, one that is even now ahead of other contemporary operatic works in its total effectiveness and impact. It requires large orchestral and vocal contributions, and its score offers nearly as much music as Beethoven's 9 symphonies. The Dover edition is a thick 655 page volume in which there are as many as 24 separate instrumental lines for the 100 orchestral players, plus three or four for the singers. It is 655 pages long, 8.5 by 11 inches in extent, roughly the size of the Tampa Bay Metro (pop 3.3 million) phone book. Its size allows the type to be easily read and the music to be followed when listening to a recorded source, for example, and to be easily read and understood in almost any context, other than that of actually conducting a performance. It is obviously not intended for the local high school musical, though (and I am not just making this... read more
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