The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring (Paperback)

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The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring (Paperback)

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First, The Ring, with all its gods and giants and dwarfs, its water-maidens and Valkyries, its wishing-cap, magic ring, enchanted sword, and miraculous treasure, is a drama of today, and not of a remote and fabulous antiquity. It could not have been written before the second half of the nineteenth century, because it deals with events which were only then consummating themselves. Unless the spectator recognizes in it an image of the life he is himself fighting his way through, it must needs appear to him a monstrous development of the Christmas pantomimes, spun out here and there into intolerable lengths of dull conversation by the principal baritone. Fortunately, even from this point of view, The Ring is full of extraordinarily attractive episodes, both orchestral and dramatic.
Product Details ISBN: 9798583497997
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2020
Pages: 76
Language: English