Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion

Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion

by Stewart Spencer
     
 

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"An important work for Wagnerites and musical scholars."—Choice

There had long been a need for a modern English translation of Wagner’s Ring—a version that would be reliable and readable yet at the same time be a true reflection of the literary quality of the German libretto.
First published in 1993, this

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"An important work for Wagnerites and musical scholars."—Choice

There had long been a need for a modern English translation of Wagner’s Ring—a version that would be reliable and readable yet at the same time be a true reflection of the literary quality of the German libretto.
First published in 1993, this acclaimed translation,
which follows the verse form of the original exactly,
filled that niche. It reads smoothly and idiomatically,
yet is the result of prolonged thought and deep back-
ground knowledge.

The translation is accompanied by Stewart
Spencer’s introductory essay on the libretto and a series of specially commissioned texts by Barry
Millington, Roger Hollinrake, Elizabeth Magee, and
Warren Darcy that discuss the cycle’s musical structure, philosophical implications, medieval sources,
and Wagner’s own changing attitude to its meaning.
With a glossary of names, a review of audio and video recordings, and a select bibliography, this book is an essential complement to Wagner’s great epic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500281949
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.43(d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Spencer is a noted translator. He lives in England.

Barry
Millington
is the editor of The Wagner Journal. He lives in England.

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