Shepherd's Song, from Tristan & Isolde, Act III (Sauer)
Romantic. Shepherd's Song is heard in the prelude to the Finale, Act 3 of Wagner's opera, Tristan & Isolde. It is a bleak and doleful lament played mostly unaccompanied by a shepherd boy keeping watch for Isolde's ship to arrive. The melody is later heard throughout scene 1. Ralph Sauer has arranged this music (originally played offstage on the english horn) for unaccompanied tuba or bass trombone. It is about 2 1/2 minutes in length and appropriate for advanced performers.