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Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung"

Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion Companion

By: Richard Wagner, Mr. Stewart Spencer (Editor), Barry Millington (Editor), Stuart Spencer (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st December 2000
ISBN: 9780500281949
Number Of Pages: 384

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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.

Introductionp. 7
Chronologyp. 9
'Or Strike at Me Now as I Strangle thy Knee': a note on the text and translationp. 11
Wagner's revolutionary musical reformsp. 14
Thematic Guidep. 17
'What shall we do for a Ring?'p. 25
In pursuit of the purely human: the 'Ring' and its medieval sourcesp. 29
Illustrationsp. 33
Epiphany and apocalypse in the 'Ring'p. 41
'The World belongs to Alberich!' Wagner's changing attitude towards the 'Ring'p. 48
The Ring of the Nibelung translated by Stewart Spencerp. 53
Das Rheingoldp. 54
Die Walkurep. 119
Siegfriedp. 192
Gotterdammerungp. 277
Rejected versionsp. 352
Notes on the translationp. 364
Glossary of namesp. 373
Bibliographyp. 376
The 'Ring' on compact disc and videop. 382
Sources of illustrationsp. 383
The contributorsp. 384
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ISBN: 9780500281949
ISBN-10: 0500281947
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 2000
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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