WAGNER: PARSIFAL SUITE
CONSTRUCTED BY ANDREW GOURLAY
3.4(3+cor).4(3+bass).4(3+contra) - 220.127.116.11 - T+1(very deep field drum, bells*) - 2hp - str.
Duration: c. 45 minutes
Contact Ian Mylett at Schott Music for a score and hire information: firstname.lastname@example.org
*A sampler is available for hire for the Parsifal Bells, which is playable by the percussionist. Ask Schott Music for details.
Parsifal surely contains some of Wagner’s greatest orchestral writing, yet there is little orchestral-only material currently available for concert performance. The opening prelude is a staple, often performed in combination with the Good Friday Music, but I know of no suite of a significantly longer duration that has been produced to my liking.
I therefore set about constructing an orchestral suite that would give us more time to settle into the music of Parsifal. The result is 45 minutes of continuous music from the opera.