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My Choice - Medieval Mdina 2012: Overture from Tannhäuser

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Published on Apr 17, 2012

Overture from the Opera Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner. We're showing video clips and photos of very few events taken at the Mdina Medieval Festival of 2012. Photos by Choy Hong (Jasmine) Grech.

The festival which was held on April 14 & 15, 2012 was filled with many interesting events especially enactment of the Medieval era in Malta - Knights of Malta in armour & sword fighting, flags twirling by the Associazione Agro Priolese Music e Sbandieratori, etc. We show the "invasion" of Mdina by the Aragonese Genoese and Maltese army against Pellegrini's army. The fighting is performed by the Medieval Sword Fighting and Living History of Malta. There were demonstrations of birds of prey (few pics shown), slaves market, human chess challenges, wizardry, cultural dances and many more interesting activities and exhibitions which transformed the "Silent City" of Mdina into a Medieval City.

The festival in its 4th year was Organised by the Mdina Local Council and the Malta Tourism Authority.

Tannhäuser (full title Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg / Tannhäuser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg) is an opera in three acts, music and text by Richard Wagner, based on the two German legends of Tannhäuser and the song contest at Wartburg.

The story of the opera centres on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and edemption through love (a theme running through almost all Wagner's mature work).

Richard Wagner (1813 --1883) was a German composer, conductor, theatre director and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or "music dramas", as they were later called). Wagner's compositions, particularly those of his later period, are notable for their complex texture, rich harmonies and orchestration,

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