Its original title was Triebschen Idyll with Fidi's birdsong and the orange sunrise. "Fidi" was the pet version of the name Siegfried. It is thought that the birdsong and the sunrise refer to incidents of personal significance to the couple.
Wagner's opera Siegfried, which was not premiered until 1876, incorporates music from the Idyll. It was once thought that the Idyll simply used musical ideas intended for the opera, but it is now known that the opposite is the case. Wagner adapted melodic material for the Idyll from an unfinished chamber piece and later incorporated it into the love scene between Siegfried and Brunhilde in the opera, somewhat disrupting the melodic and motivic unity of the larger work.
The work also uses a German lullaby, whose title can be translated "Sleep, Baby, Sleep." Wagner published a detailed program for the work which describes his mother singing the boy asleep with a lullaby and then contemplating what he will be like as a young man.
This work was featured in the television series Curb Your Enthusiasm. During episode 13, "Trick or Treat", Larry David is chastised by a Jewish neighbor for whistling the tune to his wife, Cheryl. However, Larry unashamedly tells Cheryl of Wagner's romantic story, and recreates the loving gesture on her birthday at the end of the episode.
WAGNER Siegfried Idyll. Faust Overture. Wesendonck Lieder: Träume1. GLUCK/ WAGNER Iphigénie En Aulide: Overture. R. STRAUSS Oboe Concerto
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