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Siegfried's Story

"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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Mark Papworth

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

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

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. 

Press quote

“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

Track Listing

    Das Rheingold Richard Wagner Arr: Mark Papworth

  1. Prelude to Das Rheingold
  2. Sanft schloss Schlaf dein Aug
  3. Entrance of the gods into Valhalla
  4. Die Walkure Richard Wagner Arr: Mark Papworth

  5. Prelude to Die Walkure
  6. Wintersturme
  7. Ride of the Valkyries
  8. Wotan’s farewell and magic fire music
  9. Siegfried Richard Wagner Arr: Mark Papworth

  10. Forest murmurs
  11. Siegfried’s horn call
  12. Prelude and Introduction to Act 3
  13. Gotterdammerung Richard Wagner Arr: Mark Papworth

  14. Siegfried’s Rhine journey
  15. Siegfried’s funeral march



Where to buy

Siegfried's Story is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music.

Siegfried's Story is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
December 2019
© 2020 Mark Papworth
℗ 2020 Move Records
Catalogue number
MCD 597
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574059724