Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): English National Opera Guide 31

Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods): English National Opera Guide 31

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780714544328
Publisher: Oneworld Classics
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Wagner (1813-83) was a composer who drew inspiration from Christian and Nordic mythology, as well as the philosophy of Schopenhauer, to pioneer dramatically new forms of music. His concept of the "Total Artwork" led to the construction of the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, an opera house he designed specifically for productions of his own operas. He also wrote widely on music and art. His operas include Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the four parts of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

An Introduction to the End Michael Tanner 7

Motif, Memory and Meaning in 'Twilight of the Gods' Robin Holloway 13

The Questionable Lightness of Being: Brünnhilde's Peroration to 'The Ring' Christopher Wintle 39

Thematic Guide Lionel Friend 49

'Götterdämmerung' poem Richard Wagner 'Twilight of the Gods' English translation Andrew Porter 63

Prelude 65

Act One 72

Act Two 89

Act Three 109

Discography Cathy Peterson 125

Bibliography 127

Contributors 128

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