Mystical sonorities

A valuable facsimile of Richard Wagner’s “Parsifal”

Knowledge, pity, redemption: Richard Wagner took up these major themes in “Parsifal”, the music drama that he completed 13 months before his death and referred to as his “most conciliatory work”. Already celebrated for its compositional technique and mystical sonorities at the premiere, its world of ideas has stimulated new debates and interpretations over and over again to the present day.

Wagner wrote the autograph score almost entirely in violet ink, a colour he preferred to use in the final years of his life. He meticulously planned the layout of the pages and finally gave the autograph to his wife Cosima - it always remained in the family's possession as a guarded treasure.

The facsimile edition in high-quality four-colour printing (BVK 2418-4. Bärenreiter-Verlag 2020. 382 pages. € 699,–) reproduces the extensive score in its original size. Act and bar numbers on every page facilitate its use without diminishing the overall bibliophile appearance.

In an accompanying essay, Ulrich Konrad elucidates the special features of the work and the manuscript.

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