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Richard Wagner – Columbus Overture

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) 
Columbus Overture in Eb WWV 37a (1835)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Jeffrey Tate

There appeared one day at Magdeburg a friend of Wagner’s, Guido Theodore Apel, poet, dramatist and amateur musician, and a young man of some means, with a play, “Christopher Columbus,” which he de-sired to have mounted in Wagner’s theater and for which Wagner agreed to write incidental music in the form of an overture, chorus and orchestral epilogue. Continue reading