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Richard Wagner


transcribed for piano solo by Richard Kleinmichel

Alexander Jacob, piano

The entire opera was transcribed for piano solo by the composer and conductor Richard Kleinmichel (1846-1901), who studied at the Leipzig Conservatory and served as Kapellmeister in Leipzig, Danzig and Marburg.


Alexander Jacob obtained his doctorate in Intellectual History from the Pennsylvania State University and has specialised in both natural and political philosophy. He is the author of several scholarly books and editions including Nobilitas: A Study of European Aristocratic Philosophy from Ancient Greece to the Early Twentieth Century, University Press of America, 2001, De Naturae Natura: A Study of Idealistic Conceptions of Nature and the Unconscious, Franz Steiner Verlag, 1992 (2nd ed. Arktos Media Ltd. 2011).and The Grail: Two Studies (Leopold von Schroeder, ‘The Roots of the Saga of the Holy Grail’ and Alexander Jacob, ‘The Indo-European Origins of the Grail’), Numen Books, 2014.

Dr. Jacob holds a Licentiate Diploma in Piano from the Trinity College of Music, London, and has given solo recitals in Canada, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and England. He has played Richard Kleinmichel’s transcriptions of Wagner’s Parsifal and Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Wagner Societies of Barcelona, Brno, Prague and Dresden.

Track listings

Act I
I PreludeIII Final Scene – The Grail Ceremony, from Titurel: Enthullet den Gral
Act II
IV PreludeV Final Scene i – from Parsifal: “Amfortas, die Wunde!” to “Erloser! Heiland! Herr der Huld! Wie buss’ich Sunder meine Schuld?”VI Final Scene ii – from Parsifal: “Erlosung, Frevlerin, biete ich auch dir?”
VII PreludeVIII Good Friday Music, from Parsifal: “Du wuschest mir die Fusse” to “Ich sah sie welken, die einst mir lachten”IX Final Scene – The Grail Ceremony, from Parsifal: “Nur eine Waffe taugt”