Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870, by a small ensemble of the Tonhalle Orchester Z├╝rich on the stairs of their villa at Tribschen (today part of Lucerne), Switzerland. Cosima awoke to its opening melody. Conductor Hans Richter played the brief trumpet part in that private performance.

Date of composition 1870
Premiered 1870, December 25th in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland
First published 1878, B. Schott
Dedicated to Cosima Wagner
Type Symphonic Poem
Catalogue WWV 103
Instruments Chamber orchestra
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Autotranslations beta Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, WWV 103
Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, WWV 103
Richard Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll, WWV 103