Penn Library

Leopold Stokowski:
Making Music Matter

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania


Wagner-Stokowski
Tristan und Isolde: Love-Music from the 2nd and 3rd Acts (short version)

Copyist's ink manuscript score, with pencil revisions and performance indications in the hand of Leopold Stokowski

Stokowski prepared "symphonic transcriptions" or "symphonic syntheses" for a number of Richard Wagner's operas, among them Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, and all four of the operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen. Originally subtitled Symphonic Synthesis, Stokowski's first version of Tristan und Isolde excerpts included the "prelude" along with the opera's "love music." Premiered and recorded by the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1932, the arrangement was subsequently revised and retitled Love Music from Acts 2 and 3. It was this later version that Stokowski programmed for his 1960 return to Philadelphia after a nineteen-year absence, and then recorded with the Orchestra for Columbia Records.

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