Rule Britannia, WWV 42 (Wagner, Richard)

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1837 (March 15, Königsberg).
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Misc. Notes ca.500dpi color images. This file is based on high-resolution images obtained from the source using a method explained on this page. Source: British Library Zweig MS 109.
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Felix Mottl
Publisher. Info. Richard Wagner. Vier Ouvertüren für Orchester.
Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1908. Plate Part. B. 2094.
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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d.(ca.1837).
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Misc. Notes ca.500dpi color images. This file is based on high-resolution images obtained from the source using a method explained on this page. Source: British Library Zweig MS 108. Incomplete draft of WWV 42 covering bars 1-74 and 164-256 on folios 1 recto, 2 recto (lower half), and 2 verso. Sketches for incidental music to the play Die letzte Heidenverschwörung in Preussen, WWV 41 found on folios 1 verso and upper half of 2 recto.
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Work Title Rule Britannia
Alternative. Title Overture
Composer Wagner, Richard
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. WWV 42
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 (Maestoso moderato — Più vivace)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1837
First Performance. 1837
First Publication. 1908 – Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel
Average DurationAvg. Duration 12-13 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra: 2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets (1 in F, 2 in C), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon + 4 horns (D), 4 trumpets (D), 3 trombones, ophicleide + timpani, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, cymbals + strings
Extra Information From Mein Leben: Wagner relates sending the manuscript score to Sir George Smart in 1837 and refusing to pay the "postage due" when the Philharmonic Society of London returned it to him in 1840.