The cello part for the Overture from Wagner's Tannhäuser has been edited by Jonathan Pegis, a cellist in the Chicago Symphony since 1986 and an active performer in the symphony's chamber music series. Pegis' bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.
Tannhäuser is a three-act opera by Richard Wagner, based on the two German legends of Tannhäuser and the song contest at Wartburg. The story centers on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love, a theme running through most of Wagner's mature work. Wagner began composing Tannhäuser in 1843 and completed the full score in 1845. The opera's famous overture, often played separately as a concert piece, was written last.
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