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Published on Oct 5, 2010
Souvenirs de Bayreuth (Fantaisie en forme de quadrille sur les thèmes favoris de L'anneau de Nibelung - R. Wagner) (1888)
An oddly humorous series of quadrilles for piano four-hands on themes from Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen." During the 1880's, French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) was quite the Wagnerite, traveling all over Europe and especially to Bayreuth in order to hear performances of Wagner's four-part operatic epic. Fauré and his friend André Messager (1853-1929), a fellow composer and Wagner fan, occasionally performed (and improvised) excerpts from Wagner's Ring transcribed for piano four-hands. Together, the pair composed this work, a satirical set of brief dances on the main themes and leitmotifs of Wagner's Ring. Listeners familiar with the Ring Cycle will immediately recognize the melodies being parodied.