The Serpent and Ophicleide as Instruments of Romantic Color in Selected Works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Wagner Page: 3
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for the serpent and ophicleide in Rienzi follows the less imaginative conventions of
French grand opera. In Der fliegende Hollinder the ophicleide, while not used as
descriptively as Mendelssohn and Berlioz, nevertheless contributes significantly to
Wagner's emerging focus on the inner lives of his characters and expressive
commentary on the stage action.
Tubists should consider the expressive implications and the unique timbre of
these instruments when performing works originally written for the forerunners of the
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Morgan, Richard Sanborn. The Serpent and Ophicleide as Instruments of Romantic Color in Selected Works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Wagner, dissertation, December 2006; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc5495/m1/3/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .