Composer: Richard Wagner
Arranger: Howard Snell
(one of the best “finishers” in the repertoire).
The name of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) is synonymous with brass music. A superb and innovative writer for brass, his music has a grandeur and sweep that translates well into the medium of the brass band. His opera, Lohengrin, was completed ml 848 and is based on a medieval legend. The second act ends with a stately procession to Antwerp Minster where the heroine Elsa will marry Lohengrin a mysterious knight who has arrived just in time to save her from dire distress. The procession begins softly as the pair move towards the great cathedral flanked by nobles and courtiers. As trumpets blaze out in salute Elsa and Lohengrin embrace and, as they enter the mighty edifice, the curtain falls.