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The Wagner Game

Ether Game asks, can you name this tune? Here's a hint... sight-reading in public has consequences...

Flowers bloom in a manicured triangle in front of a pink brick opera house

Photo: Universitat Bayreuth

Wagner's Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Germany

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birth on May 22, 1813, the Brain Trust presents a game that explores music connected to this controversial and popular composer.

Music Heard On This Episode

Verdi, Giuseppe: Aïda: Grand March and Ballet Music
Zubin Mehta, Rome Opera House Orchestra — Aïda (Highlights) (EMI, 2000)
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Verdi, Giuseppe: Aïda: Grand March and Ballet Music
Zubin Mehta, Rome Opera House Orchestra — Aïda (Highlights) (EMI, 2000)
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Shore, Howard: The Lord of the Rings- The Fellowship of the Ring: Shadow of the Past
London Philharmonic Orchestra — The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Reprise, 2001)
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Schoenberg, Arnold: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic — Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (London, 1997)
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Liszt, Franz: Lohengrin's Admonition
Jean-Yves Thibaudet — Liszt: Opera Transcriptions (Decca, 1994)
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Hindemith, Paul: Overture of "The Flying Dutchman" As Played By A Second-Rate Spa Orchestra By The Village Well At 7 O'clock In The Morning
Buchberger Quartet — Paul Hindemith: Clarinet Quintet (Wergo, 1993)
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Williams, John: Star Wars- A New Hope: Burning Homestead
John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra — Star Wars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Polygram, 1990)
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Debussy, Claude: Pélleas et Mélisande: Act III, i One of the towers of the castle
Mireille Delunsch, Gérard Théruel, Jean Claude Casadesus, National Orchestra of the North Lille Region — Pelléas at Mélisande (Naxos, 1997)
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Wagner, Siegfried: Der Kobold, Op. 3
Werner Andreas Albert, State Philharmonic of Rheinland-Pfalz — Complete Orchestra Works, Vol. II (CPO Records, 2000)
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Page, Jimmy, Robert Plant: Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic, 1994)
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