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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s from the musical epic of all musical epics!

This composer had many over-the-top ideas about how opera should be performed. In fact, he was so passionate about his operatic philosophy that he built his own theater that would serve as the main performance space for his operas. The theater opened in 1876 with the world premiere production of this composer’s monumental cycle of four operas based on subjects from Norse and ancient German mythology. In this excerpt, a hero bids his beloved farewell as he ventures off into the wilderness in search of adventure.

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d: Scherzo
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Ode to Freedom: Bernstein in Berlin (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in d: Scherzo
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Ode to Freedom: Bernstein in Berlin (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: St Matthew Passion: Final Chorus
The Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Bach: St. Matthew Passion (Archiv Produktion, 1989)
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Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in C: Poco Adagio: Cantabile
Emerson String Quartet — Hunt / Emperor (Polygram Records)
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Hildegard von Bingen: Antiphon: O Most Radiant Gem
Sequentia — Ordo Virtutum (RCA, 1998)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio: Overture
Mozart Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Warner Music France, 1989)
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Heinrich Schutz: Psalms of David: The Lord is My Shepherd
Cantus Coln/Concerto Palatino/Konrad Junghänel — Les Grands Compositeurs Baroques (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1996)
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Hector Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust: Hungarian March
Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell, cond. — Hector Berlioz, Romantic Spirit (Universal Classics, 2003)
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Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in a: Vivace non Troppo
The Hanover Band/Roy Goodman, cond. — The Hanover Band Plays Mendelssohn (Nimbus Records, 2005)
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Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs: Im Abendrot
Deborah Voigt, soprano/New York Philharmonic/Kurt Masur, cond. — Strauss - Don Juan · 4 Letzte Lieder · Tod und Verklärung (Teldec, 1999)
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Michael Praetorius: Terpsichore: Entry and Courante
Collegium Terpsichore — From the Vault: Dance Music of the High Renaissance (Boston Skyline, 1994)
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Richard Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray, cond. — Richard Wagner: Overtures (Polygram Records, 1996)
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Hans Werner Henze: Three Auden Songs: Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love
Ian Bostridge, tenor/Julius Drake, piano — Henze: Sechs Gesänge aus dem Arabischen, Three Auden Songs (EMI Classics, 2001)
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Johann Strauss Jr: Thunder and Lightning Polka
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — Vienna Celebrates Johann Strauss Jr. (Elektra / Wea, 1999)
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