Tannhäuser (or Tannhäuser and the Singers’ Contest at Wartburg Castle) is an opera in three acts, written by Richard Wagner between 1842 and 1845, and based on two separate German legends: the legend of Tannhauser, and the Legend of the Song Contest. The opera was premiered in Dresden in 1845, with the last revision to this version made in 1860. However, 1861 some changes were made for a second premiere at Paris, which turned out to be a failure after the performances were sabotaged by some members of the Jockey Club, finally convincing Wagner to drop his idea of establishing himself in Paris.
Liszt / Wagner – Overture to Tannhauser – Piano version S 442
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