Puccini’s Preludio Sinfonico was composed for his final 1882 exam at the conservatory in Milan. The performance was everything but a success. Though you can spot some Lohengrin here and there (among others), the anticipation of Manon Lescaut is fascinating!
Frederick Delius – La Calinda
The single most famous musical passage from Delius’ third opera “Koanga” contains the melody known as La Calinda, which is the only part of the score that has remained famous in the concert hall.