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Palestrinalocked

  • Peter Franklin

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Musikalische Legende in three acts by hans Pfitzner to his own libretto; Munich, Prinzregententheater, 12 June 1917.

First performed in Munich, while World War I was in progress, Palestrina established itself as Pfitzner’s masterpiece, not least for its high moral and philosophical seriousness. Its first conductor, Bruno Walter, regarded the première as one of the major events of his life (the title role was sung by Karl Erb). In ...

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