München: Drei Masken Verlag, 1923. Folio. Half dark purple morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt. 354 pp. autograph musical manuscript facsimile + 1f. (recto limitation statement, verso blank).
Limited Edition, this number 151 of 530 copies.
A drama in three acts by Richard Wagner to his own libretto, Tristan und Isolde was first performed in Munich at the Königliches Hof- und Nationaltheater on June 10, 1865.
"That Tristan und Isolde turned out to be not just a masterpiece but a milestone in the history of music, that it took two years to write and another six to get onto the stage because of the formidable difficulties facing the musicians, is proof enough that there was more to its conception that a hankering for receipts and recognition… Tristan largely deserves its reputation as the seminal work in the emancipation of harmony from the Classical tonal system. It was to be another half a century before the twelve notes of the chromatic scale were to be treated as co-equals, but Tristan, perhaps more than any other piece of music, symbolized the end of one ear and looked forward to the birth of another." Millington: Wagner, pp. 228 and 243. Item #28941
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