What are your "favorite Overtures": to operas, plays, musicals, concert, you name it?
So, my question concerns only compositions entitled, "Overtures": not preludes(of any kind), nor "intros", etc.: just "Overtures".
They can be to operas, plays, musicals, or just simply "concert" overtures: such as the following, one of my all time favorites conducted by the great Fritz Reiner(in my opinion, one of the five greatest conductors of the 20th century - want name the other 4, here):
(and, a few others)
(and yes: surprise, surprise, no Wagner)
Figaro overture: my very favorite from all Mozart's operas.
But might I point out, that "Lohengrin" has no "Overture"? The curtain raiser for Act I is always referred to as "Prelude" to "Lohengrin".
You and "hafwen" must - absolutely must - have "tea and crumpets" sometime, there, down under:
That to "Tristan" is always referred to as "prelude"; but then, that to "Die Meistersinger" though most often termed an "overture", in some cases a "prelude".
Might be a good question for this forum.
But, it's my understanding that after "Lohengrin", Wagner referred to his musical stage works as "music-dramas", and the curtain raisers as "vorspiel"(rough translation = "before piece".
If the above is correct, reasonable, then why is the "vorspiel" to "Die Meistersinger" more often refferred to as "Overture", rather than "vorspiel", or prelude.
Is this just happenstance? Is it not a "music-drama", rather than an opera?
Bottom line: is this just an anomaly of some kind that Wagner simply ignored, or chose to overlook?
"hafwen": no(to delete); of course not; I'm often guilty as most are I think, of mis-reading/interpreting a question.
To all whose responses I've not commented on, please forgive me; but "running out of steam"(and making all kinds of stupid mistakes today).
If so, you have my deepest sympathy. If not so, ---------------------???????
"MissLimLam": No, it was not any that you sent(received your most current inquiry). I've sent you two including the same material. ???????