Tannhauser Overture (Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg, WWV 70)
The three-act opera Tannhäuser, with the full title Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (WWV 70 in the composer’s works catalog), was written in 1845. It features music and libretto by Richard Wagner. It is based on two legends from Germany: the story of the Wartburg Song Contest and the narrative of Tannhäuser, a mythologized poet and medieval German minnesänger. The conflict between sacred and profane love, as well as love’s ability to bring about redemption, are central themes to Wagner’s work.