"Brassy revamp for Wagner" (The Age, 29 April 2020). This is a musical journey through Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs, arranged for horn, tuba and piano by Mark Papworth.
Siegfried's Story is an arrangement of highlights from Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungs for horn, tuba and piano. Including 12 movements, this arrangement contains selections from all four operas that make up his epic Ring cycle.
Whilst at first glance it may seem unusual arranging Wagner's music for this combination, it succeeds in turning Wagner into dramatic chamber music due to the way Wagner wrote for the horns and low brass in his big musical moments. The writing lends itself to the combined sounds of the horn and tuba, with the horn generally providing the melody, the tuba providing a strong bass sound and the piano filling in the technical string parts.
With carefully selected movements from each opera, Siegfried's Story follows in order the story of the Ring cycle.
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Melbourne tram driver Mark Papworth is a highly accomplished musician who studied in Melbourne, Perth and the United States, is at home on very different types of French horn: baroque, natural and modern.
Per Forsberg grew up in Torsby, Sweden, and studied Tuba with Christer Palm, Carl Jakobsson and Michael Lind before coming to Melbourne in 1999 as an exchange student to study with Fabian Russell.
Rosa Scaffidi began her life-long love affair with the piano and its mighty repertoire at the age of 2. She is an extremely versatile musician, and is highly skilled in the interpretation of many musical styles as well as being a proficient improviser.
“Melodies are usually given to the horn and bass notes to the tuba; the piano has the task of filling in for the rest of the orchestra ... exposing the structure of the music and allowing us to listen to it afresh.”
— Paul Cooke, Fine Music Sydney / MBS
- Prelude to Das Rheingold
- Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug
- Entrance of the gods into Valhalla
- Prelude to Die Walkure
- Ride of the Valkyries
- Wotan’s farewell and magic fire music
- Forest murmurs
- Siegfried’s horn call
- Prelude and Introduction to Act 3
- Siegfried’s Rhine journey
- Siegfried’s funeral march
- Mark Papworth · horn
- Per Forsberg · tuba · all except track 9
- Rosa Scaffidi · piano · all except track 9
Where to buy
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Release date
- December 2019
- © 2020 Mark Papworth
- ℗ 2020 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MCD 597
- EAN 9314574059724