Wagner, Richard
Facsimile of the autograph score from the National Archive of the Richard Wagner Foundation Bayreuth
- High-quality facsimile of Wagner’s final music drama
- Reproducing the unusual ink colour violet used by Wagner
- Clear and readily legible handwriting
Edition no.
Volume / Series
Documenta musicologica II/56 / Bärenreiter Facsimile
Konrad, Ulrich
Language(s) of work
English, German
Product format
Half-leather binding
Pages / Format
XX, 340/14 S. - 42,5 x 31,4 cm
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 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 (Ger/Eng), Ulrich Konrad elucidates the special features of the work and the manuscript.

This autograph score of Parsifal has received the “Presto Sheet Music Award 2020” for the best deluxe publication 2020.

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Press reviews
„Wer die Chance hat … das Faksimile … durchzublättern …, der verfällt sehr schnell einem seltsamen Zauber."
(Reinhard Brembeck, Süddeutsche Zeitung 30.3.2021)

„… das ideale Material zu meditativer Versenkung“
(Die Presse Schaufenster 5.12.2020)

„Wagner zum Lesen, aber doch in sozusagen authentischer Form.”
(Stephan Mösch, Opernwelt 9–10/2020)
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