Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung (Opera Classics Library by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

A entire consultant to Wagner's the hoop OF THE NIBELUNG, that includes insightful and intensive remark and research, and tale Narrative with tune Bhighlight Examples of THE RHEINGOLD, THE VALKYRIE, SIEGFRIED, and TWILIGHT OF THE GODS, and over ninety song spotlight examples.

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Afterwards, he left the forest to live among men and women, but he found only mistrust, wrath, and animosity: he sought happiness in the world but found only grief; indeed, misfortune follows in his wake, and his life has been truly “Wehwalt” (Woeful). Sieglinde indicates a warm empathy toward the stranger’s tortured life, but Hunding interprets his sad fate as the Will of the Norns, the weavers of human destiny who obviously had little love for him. Sieglinde inquires why the stranger is now weaponless and seeking refuge.

Loge, however, remains contemptuous, claiming that their accusations against him are merely subterfuges for their own gross duplicity. Loge then proceeds to relate the events surrounding Alberich’s theft of the Rhinegold. The sorrowful Rhinemaidens told him how the Nibelung Dwarf, having sought their favors in vain, solemnly renounced love so he could fashion the all-powerful Ring, and then robbed them of the Gold; with Alberich’s newfound power, he has enslaved the Nibelung Dwarfs and forced them to mine his Hoard from the Gold.

She is a prophetess whose wisdom provides her with the knowledge of the past and the future of the universe. Erda cautions Wotan and advises him to return the Ring to the Rhinemaidens: Erda, Goddess of wisdom The Gods stand in awe and become speechless. Erda stretches out her hand commandingly to Wotan, again bidding that he relinquish the Ring to evade the Curse pronounced on it. Erda, the woman who possesses the entire world’s wisdom, confounds Wotan by prophesying the downfall of the Gods even if he does not return the Ring: “All that exists must come to an end.

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