Wagner - Siegfried's Rhine Journey (Götterdämmerung): full score
Arranged for chamber orchestra
Götterdämmerung is the final opera in Richard Wagner's epic cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey is taken from the Prologue of the opera, opening with a depiction of sunrise. Siegfried's noble horn theme is alternated with Brünnhilde's melody, and there is a brief love duet. Siegfried leaves for a new journey, taking with him the Ring of power. He follows the Rhine until reaching the Gibichungs Hall, where the mood darkens and the scene comes to a close. This is a reduction for chamber orchestra of Wagner's large score, preserving many of the different timbres and details of the original.
Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussion (timpani, crash cymbal, glockenspiel, triangle), harp, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass (minimum 2, 2, 2, 2, 1)