duration: 4 minutes
performance of piece by AURA ensemble from the University of Houston, cond. Rob Smith
Siegfried Interlude No. 1 was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for first performance at the launch of their 2000 Season. It uses themes from Wagner’s Siegfried (Acts 1 and 2), rearranging them in different ways, including an almost-James-Bond-esque manner. It is inspired by the march that is often played as an interval theme at performances of Siegfried in Europe.
notes by Matthew Hindson.
CD Recording Available?
- Not at present.
Wit… was on display in Siegfried Interlude #1, which opened the performance. In it, Australian composer Matthew Hindson arranged a variety of Wagnerian themes for brass ensemble, replete with oompah tuba and a quote from Herbie Hancock’s boogaloo classic “Watermelon Man”. A better appetizer would be hard to imagine. – Alexander Varty, straight.com, publish Date: January 25, 2007, http://www.straight.com/article-67131/symphony-at-the-roundhouse
Matthew Hindson’s brassy Siegfried Interlude No. 1 raided the opera theatre for some themes from Wagner’s Ring cycle, which Hindson arranged into something more fun-filled and swinging than you’d ever heard at the Wagner festival in Bayreuth. The tuba rhythm from Paul Desmond’s Take Five was a clever touch. Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail, accessed 24 January 2007.