Opera's greatest love story, set to music of incomparable beauty, Tristan und Isolde represents one of the nineteenth century's most revolutionary scores. Wagner's 1865 adaptation of a popular medieval legend changed the course of musical history and opened the door to twentieth-century innovations.
Inspired by an illicit passion of his own, Wagner filled this tale of a doomed romance with a sense of desperate longing, conveyed by his blending of tonality, blurring of keys, and innovative use of repetitive leitmotifs. This reprint of Richard Kleinmichel's authoritative Breitkopf & Härtel edition is ideal for rehearsals and performances by students, amateurs, and professional vocalists, pianists, and conductors. Please note that the lyrics appear in the original German only.