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Wagner: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre

Wagner: Wotan's Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre

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465 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

In composing The Ring of the Nibelung, Wagner intended nothing less than the creation of an entirely new artform. The composer had long been interested in pushing the limits of dramatic impact in opera. By the time he completed Tannhäuser in 1845, he had begun to develop his concept of “Gesamtkunstwerk” (“all-encompassing artwork”), and in 1851, he announced in an essay that “it no longer occurs to me to write operas, but to communicate my poetic ideas in the living artistic form of Drama.”
 
The not-an-opera (technically, not-four-operas) that he went on to propose does more than present artistic expression and entertainment. The Ring of the Nibelung develops an entire cosmology exploring the whole of human experience through a saga drawn from ancient Norse mythology. This “stage festival play” explores expansive questions regarding the conflict between tradition and progress, nature and technology, and the corrupting influence of power on the human spirit.

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