Wagner leitmotifs for string quartet

February 7, 2018, 2:33 PM · My orchestra will be playing a concert with music mainly from Die Valküre + some highlights from other parts of the ring cycle. In connection with the project the conductor will give a lecture and he wants a string quartet from the orchestra to play examples of various leitmotifs from the cycle. Does anyone here know where we might find highlights from the ring cycle arranged for quartet?

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February 8, 2018, 5:49 PM · Nobody's responded, probably because there aren't any quartet arrangements of the Ring. On imslp there are plenty of solo piano transcriptions available for each of the 4 operas that you might be able to work from, given enough time to make your own transcriptions. Not my idea of a good time, but if you only need five or six example passages, it might not be so bad.
February 9, 2018, 2:24 AM · Peter Schickele did a bassoon Quartet (Last Tango from Bayreuth), but that won’t likely fit into violin registers too well.
February 9, 2018, 7:21 AM · Stephen - but it could definitely be done as a cello quartet!
February 9, 2018, 8:16 AM · Thanks for the replies. I knew it was a long shot....
I have seen the piano reductions on Imslp and we will have to play from them. I also found a quartet arrangement of Siegfried idyll that we can use.
February 9, 2018, 11:41 AM · If you found it on IMSLP I know it well, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it...


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