"Grand Fantasia from Wagneriana"

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

I thought I'd play through the one recording Bix is known to have made of music by Wagner, Herman Hand's "Grand Fantasia from Wagneriana" recorded with Paul Whiteman February 14, 1928, to see if it contained the Wedding March from "Lohengrin." It doesn't. Here are the contents of Hand's fantasy as I could recognize them:

Magic Fire Music from “Die Walküre”
Announcement of Siegfried’s Conception from “Die Walküre”
“Heda, Heda, Hedo!” and thunderclap revealing Valhalla from “Das Rheingold”
Opening storm scene from “Die Walküre”
Pilgrims’ Chorus from “Tannhäuser”
“Liebestod” from “Tristan und Isolde”
Reprise of Pilgrims’ Chorus from “Tannhäuser”

Posted on Feb 9, 2018, 10:25 PM

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