Alexander Street Press is offering Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll as their free classical music download of the week on their Website. Every two weeks, they will offer a complete work from their Classical Music Library. To stay up-to-date with the most current offering, you can link to: http://alexanderstreet.typepad.com/music/
Classical Music Library Free Download of the Week: Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll
“Wagner, grateful for the birth of his son Siegfried, wrote the lyrical Siegfried Idyll as a 33rd birthday present for his wife, Cosima. It was first performed outside her bedroom on Christmas morning 1870 by a group of fifteen musicians.
The Siegfried Idyll was a private gift that was never intended for publication. Its themes are derived from the opera Siegfried, a String Quartet that Wagner had been writing when he met Cosima in 1864, and a lullaby, “Schlaf, kindlein, schlaf”. Wagner, however, was compelled to sell the manuscript in 1877 due to financial hardship.
This recording is performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vernon Handley, conductor.”
Download this work through March 28, 2008 at: http://musicdownloads.alexanderstreet.com/promo