Monday, February 2, 2009

Elsa's Procession to the Catheddral from Lohengrin by R. Wagner

Lohengrin is Richard Wagner's romantic opera in three acts inspired by the medieval German romance, notably the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach and its sequel, Lohengrin, the Knight of the Swan tradition.

Lohengrin has inspired many works of art and people from all walks of life. One of them was King Ludwig II of Bavaria who built his ideal of a 'fairy-tale castle' and named it "Neuschwanstein", literally "New Swan Stone" for its inspiration, the Swan Knight. King Ludwig's patronage made it possible for Wagner to build a theatre in which he staged the epic cycle, the Ring of the Nibelung.

"Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral" is famous, as well, for the excellent concert band arrangements.

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