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The Ring of the Nibelung

The Ring of the Nibelung (Hardback)

By Wagner, Richard
Translated by Deathridge, John

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The scale and grandeur of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung has no precedent and no successor. It preoccupied Wagner for much of his adult life and revolutionized the nature of opera, the orchestra, the demands on singers and on the audience itself. The four operas-The Rhinegold,... The Valkyrie, Siegfried and Twilight of the Gods - are complete worlds, conjuring up extraordinary mythological landscapes through sound as much as staging. Wagner wrote the entire libretto before embarking on the music. Discarding the grand choruses and bravura duets central to most operas, he used the largest musical forces in the context often of only a handful of singers on stage. The words were essential: he was telling a story and making an argument in a way that required absolute attention to what was said. The libretto for The Ring lies at the heart of nineteenth century culture. It is in itself a work of power and grandeur and it had an incalculable effect on European and specifically German culture. John Deathridge's superb new translation, with notes and a fascinating introduction, is essential for anyone who wishes to get to grips with one of the great musical experiences.
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ISBN 9780241305850
Released AU 30 Jul 2018
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: German)
Series Penguin Clothbound Classics
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ISBN-13 9780241305850
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Released 30 Jul 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from German
Author(s) By Wagner, Richard
Translated by Deathridge, John
Series Penguin Clothbound Classics
Category Opera
Musical Scores, Lyrics & Libretti
Number of Pages 816
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 205mm
Spine: 49mm
Dewey Code 782.10268
Weight 936g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Operas, Siegfried (Legendary character), Valkyries (Norse mythology), Nibelungen
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text General/trade