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Forest Murmurs from Siegfried

From Wagner: Siegfried

Forest Murmurs

Forest Murmurs from Siegfried does not exist in the opera as a continuous extract, but its resulting stillness pervades most of the second act, starting from the point at which, in a frequently quoted letter to Liszt. Wagner announced that he planned to abandon the composition of Siegfried. That in 1857 Wagner should have been able to produce such pages of pure Impressionism, virtually half a century before that term became officially applied to a musical movement merely reinforces the importance of his contribution to the development of music. Whispering strings create a mood of deep, unruffled calm from which emerge various themes relating to Siegfried’s past history, followed by bright flickers of birdsong. These grow even more insistent as the Woodbird (flute doubled by glockenspiel) gives Siegfried her advice, finally firing the young hero with exuberant enthusiasm. Siegfried rushes off for the fire-guarded mountain where Brünnhilde sleeps, bringing the act to a close with a joyful flourish.

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