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Tannhäuser (opera by Wagner) [Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (‘Tannhäuser and the Singers’ Contest on the Wartburg’)]locked

  • Barry Millington

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Grosse romantische Oper in three acts by Richard Wagner (seeWagner family, (1) ) to his own libretto; Dresden, Hoftheater, 19 October 1845.

Wagner’s text is a conflation of two separate medieval legends: those concerning Tannhäuser, believed originally to have been a crusading knight from Franconia, and the song contest on the Wartburg – drawing on a number of 19th-century versions, notably those of Ludwig Tieck, E. T. A. Hoffmann, Heinrich Heine, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué and Joseph Eichendorff. The anachronistic linking of the two legends was originally made by Ludwig Bechstein, in ...

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