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Der Ring der O ist ein besonderer Fingerring, der seit den er Jahren ein im deutschsprachigen Raum verbreitetes Schmuckstück und Erkennungszeichen. Der Ring ist ein satirisches Lehrgedicht von Heinrich Wittenwiler, das vermutlich um /10 im Umfeld des Konstanzer Bischofs Albrecht Blarer entstanden ist. Der Ring des Nibelungen ist ein aus vier Teilen bestehender Opernzyklus von Richard Wagner, zu dem er den Text schrieb, die Musik komponierte und.

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He expressed this clearly in his essay ' A Communication to My Friends ', in which he condemned the majority of modern artists, in painting and in music, as "feminine The public, by their enthusiastic reception of Rienzi and their cooler welcome of the Flying Dutchman , had plainly shown me what I must set before them if I sought to please.

I completely undeceived their expectations; they left the theatre, after the first performance of Tannhäuser , [] in a confused and discontented mood.

My Tannhäuser had appealed to a handful of intimate friends alone. I shall never write an Opera more. As I have no wish to invent an arbitrary title for my works, I will call them Dramas I propose to produce my myth in three complete dramas, preceded by a lengthy Prelude Vorspiel.

At a specially-appointed Festival, I propose, some future time, to produce those three Dramas with their Prelude, in the course of three days and a fore-evening.

The object of this production I shall consider thoroughly attained, if I and my artistic comrades, the actual performers, shall within these four evenings succeed in artistically conveying my purpose to the true Emotional not the Critical Understanding of spectators who shall have gathered together expressly to learn it.

In accordance with the ideas expressed in his essays of the period —51 including the "Communication" but also " Opera and Drama " and " The Artwork of the Future " , the four parts of the Ring were originally conceived by Wagner to be free of the traditional operatic concepts of aria and operatic chorus.

The Wagner scholar Curt von Westernhagen identified three important problems discussed in "Opera and Drama" which were particularly relevant to the Ring cycle: This became known as the leitmotif technique see below , although Wagner himself did not use this word.

However, Wagner relaxed some aspects of his self-imposed restrictions somewhat as the work progressed. As George Bernard Shaw sardonically and slightly unfairly [9] noted of the last opera Götterdämmerung:.

And now, O Nibelungen Spectator, pluck up; for all allegories come to an end somewhere The rest of what you are going to see is opera, and nothing but opera.

Before many bars have been played, Siegfried and the wakened Brynhild, newly become tenor and soprano, will sing a concerted cadenza ; plunge on from that to a magnificent love duet The work which follows, entitled Night Falls on the Gods [Shaw's translation of Götterdämmerung ], is a thorough grand opera.

As a significant element in the Ring and his subsequent works, Wagner adopted the use of leitmotifs , which are recurring themes or harmonic progressions.

They musically denote an action, object, emotion, character, or other subject mentioned in the text or presented onstage.

Wagner referred to them in "Opera and Drama" as "guides-to-feeling", describing how they could be used to inform the listener of a musical or dramatic subtext to the action onstage in the same way as a Greek chorus did for the theatre of ancient Greece.

Although other composers before Wagner had already used similar techniques, the Ring was a landmark in the extent to which they were employed, as well as in the ingenuity of their combination and development.

Wagner made significant innovations in orchestration in this work. He wrote for a very large orchestra, using the whole range of instruments used singly or in combination to express the great range of emotion and events of the drama.

Wagner even commissioned the production of new instruments, including the Wagner tuba , invented to fill a gap he found between the tone qualities of the horn and the trombone , as well as variations of existing instruments, such as the bass trumpet and a contrabass trombone with a double slide.

He also developed the "Wagner bell", enabling the bassoon to reach the low A-natural, whereas normally B-flat is the instrument's lowest note.

If such a bell is not to be used, then a contrabassoon should be employed. All four parts have a very similar instrumentation.

The core ensemble of instruments are one piccolo , three flutes third doubling second piccolo , three oboes , cor anglais doubling fourth oboe , three soprano clarinets , one bass clarinet , three bassoons ; eight horns fifth through eight doubling Wagner tubas , three trumpets , one bass trumpet, three tenor trombones , one contrabass trombone doubling bass trombone , one contrabass tuba ; a percussion section with 4 timpani requiring two players , triangle , cymbals , glockenspiel ; six harps and a string section consisting of 16 first and second violins , 12 violas , 12 violoncellos , and 8 double basses.

Das Rheingold requires one bass drum , one tam-tam , one onstage harp and 18 onstage anvils. Die Walküre requires one snare drum , tam-tam, and an on-stage steerhorn.

Siegfried requires one onstage cor anglais and one onstage horn. Götterdämmerung requires five onstage horns and four onstage steerhorns, one of them to be blown by Hagen.

Much of the Ring , especially from Siegfried act 3 onwards, cannot be said to be in traditional, clearly defined keys for long stretches, but rather in 'key regions', each of which flows smoothly into the following.

This fluidity avoided the musical equivalent of clearly defined musical paragraphs, and assisted Wagner in building the work's huge structures.

Tonal indeterminacy was heightened by the increased freedom with which he used dissonance and chromaticism.

Chromatically altered chords are used very liberally in the Ring , and this feature, which is also prominent in Tristan und Isolde , is often cited as a milestone on the way to Arnold Schoenberg 's revolutionary break with the traditional concept of key and his dissolution of consonance as the basis of an organising principle in music.

In summer Wagner wrote The Nibelung Myth as Sketch for a Drama , combining the medieval sources previously mentioned into a single narrative, very similar to the plot of the eventual Ring cycle, but nevertheless with substantial differences.

Later that year he began writing a libretto entitled Siegfrieds Tod "Siegfried's Death". He was possibly stimulated by a series of articles in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik , inviting composers to write a 'national opera' based on the Nibelungenlied , a 12th-century High German poem which, since its rediscovery in , had been hailed by the German Romantics as the "German national epic ".

Siegfrieds Tod dealt with the death of Siegfried, the central heroic figure of the Nibelungenlied. Fanny wrote 'The hunt with Siegfried's death provides a splendid finale to the second act'.

By , Wagner had completed a musical sketch which he abandoned for Siegfrieds Tod. In November , Wagner began the composition draft of Das Rheingold.

Unlike the verses, which were written as it were in reverse order, the music would be composed in the same order as the narrative.

Composition proceeded until , when the final score up to the end of act 2 of Siegfried was completed. Wagner then laid the work aside for twelve years, during which he wrote Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

He returned to Siegfried , and, remarkably, was able to pick up where he left off. In October, he completed the final work in the cycle. He chose the title Götterdämmerung instead of Siegfrieds Tod.

In the completed work the gods are destroyed in accordance with the new pessimistic thrust of the cycle, not redeemed as in the more optimistic originally planned ending.

Wagner also decided to show onstage the events of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre , which had hitherto only been presented as back-narration in the other two parts.

These changes resulted in some discrepancies in the cycle, but these do not diminish the value of the work. Wagner subsequently delayed announcing his completion of Siegfried to prevent this work also being premiered against his wishes.

Wagner had long desired to have a special festival opera house, designed by himself, for the performance of the Ring. In , he decided on a location in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth.

In , he moved to Bayreuth, and the foundation stone was laid. Wagner would spend the next two years attempting to raise capital for the construction, with scant success; King Ludwig finally rescued the project in by donating the needed funds.

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opened in with the first complete performance of the Ring , which took place from 13 to 17 August.

The first production of the Ring in Italy was in Venice the place where Wagner died , just two months after his death, at La Fenice.

The Ring is a major undertaking for any opera company: Early productions of the Ring cycle stayed close to Wagner's original Bayreuth staging.

Trends set at Bayreuth have continued to be influential. Following the closure of the Festspielhaus during the Second World War , the s saw productions by Wagner's grandsons Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner known as the 'New Bayreuth' style , which emphasised the human aspects of the drama in a more abstract setting.

This drew heavily on the reading of the Ring as a revolutionary drama and critique of the modern world, famously expounded by George Bernard Shaw in The Perfect Wagnerite.

Early performances were booed but the audience of gave it a minute ovation in its final year; [16] [17] the production is now generally regarded as revolutionary and a classic.

Although many Ring productions try to remain close to Wagner's original stage design and direction, others seek to re-interpret the Ring for modern audiences, often including decor and action that Wagner himself did not envisage.

The production by Peter Hall , conducted by Georg Solti at Bayreuth in is an example of the former, while the production by Richard Jones at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in —, conducted by Bernard Haitink , is an example of the latter.

In the first production of the cycle in Russia in modern times was conducted by Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Opera , Saint Petersburg, designed by George Tsypin.

The production drew parallels with Ossetian mythology. This version of the Ring tells the story from the viewpoint of Brünnhilde and has a distinct feminist angle.

For example, in a key scene in Die Walküre , it is Sieglinde and not Siegmund who manages to pull the sword Nothung out of a tree. At the end of the cycle, Brünnhilde does not die, but instead gives birth to Siegfried's child.

Each part of the cycle had a different director. The production uses imagery from various eras of American history and has a feminist and environmentalist viewpoint.

Recent performances of this production took place at the John F. The staging of Das Rheingold by Robert Lepage involved 24 identical wedges able to rotate independently on a horizontal axis across the stage, providing level, sloping, angled or moving surfaces facing the audience.

Bubbles, falling stones and fire are projected on to these surfaces, linked by computer with the music and movement of the characters.

Classical Voice America heralded the production as "one of the best Rings anywhere in a long time. It is possible to perform The Ring with fewer resources than usual.

In , the City of Birmingham Touring Opera now Birmingham Opera Company , presented a two-evening adaptation by Jonathan Dove for a limited number of solo singers, each doubling several roles, and 18 orchestral players.

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The maidens think they have nothing to fear from the lustful dwarf, but Alberich, embittered by their mockery, curses love, seizes the gold and returns to his chasm, leaving them screaming in dismay.

Wotan , ruler of the gods, is asleep on a mountaintop, with a magnificent castle behind him. His wife, Fricka , wakes Wotan, who salutes their new home.

Fricka reminds him of his promise to the giants Fasolt and Fafner , who built the castle, that he would give them Fricka's sister Freia , the goddess of youth and beauty, as payment.

Fricka is worried for her sister, but Wotan is confident that Loge , the demigod of fire, will find an alternative payment.

Freia enters in a panic, followed by Fasolt and Fafner. Fasolt demands that Freia be given up. He points out that Wotan's authority is sustained by the treaties carved into his spear, including his contract with the giants, which Wotan therefore cannot violate.

Donner , god of thunder, and Froh , god of sunshine, arrive to defend Freia, but Wotan cannot permit the use of force to break the agreement. Hoping that Loge will arrive with the alternative payment he had promised, Wotan tries to stall.

When Loge arrives, his initial report is discouraging: Loge was able to find only one instance where someone willingly gave up love for something else: Alberich the Nibelung had renounced love, stolen the Rhine gold and made a powerful magic ring out of it.

A discussion of the ring and its powers ensues, to which the giants listen carefully, and everyone finds good reasons for wanting to own it.

Fafner makes a counter-offer: When Wotan tries to haggle, the giants depart, taking Freia with them as hostage and promising to keep her forever unless the gods ransom her by obtaining, and giving them, the Nibelung's gold, by the end of the day.

Freia's golden apples had kept the gods eternally young, but in her absence they begin to age and weaken. In order to redeem Freia, Wotan resolves to travel with Loge to Alberich's subterranean kingdom, to obtain the gold.

In Nibelheim, Alberich has enslaved the rest of the Nibelung dwarves with the power of the ring. He has forced his brother Mime, a skilful smith, to create a magic helmet, the Tarnhelm.

Alberich demonstrates the Tarnhelm's power by making himself invisible, the better to torment his subjects. Wotan and Loge arrive and happen upon Mime, who tells them of the misery under Alberich's rule.

Alberich returns, driving his slaves to pile up a huge mound of gold. He boasts to the visitors about his plans to conquer the world using the power of the ring.

Loge asks how he can protect himself against a thief while he sleeps. Alberich replies the Tarnhelm will hide him, by allowing him to turn invisible or change his form.

Loge expresses doubt and requests a demonstration. Alberich complies by transforming himself into a giant snake; Loge acts suitably impressed, and then asks whether Alberich can also reduce his size, which would be very useful for hiding.

Alberich transforms himself into a toad. Wotan and Loge seize him and drag him up to the surface.

Back on the mountaintop, Wotan and Loge force Alberich to exchange his wealth for his freedom. He summons the Nibelungen, who bring up the hoard of gold.

He then asks for the return of the Tarnhelm, but Loge says that it is part of his ransom. Alberich still hopes he can keep the ring, but Wotan demands it, and when Alberich refuses, Wotan tears it from Alberich's hand and puts it on his own finger.

Crushed by his loss, Alberich lays a curse on the ring: Fasolt and Fafner return, with Freia. Fasolt, reluctant to release her, insists that the gold be piled high enough to hide her from view.

Wotan is forced to relinquish the Tarnhelm, to help cover Freia completely. However, Fasolt spots a remaining crack in the gold, through which one of Freia's eyes can be seen.

Loge says that there is no more gold, but Fafner, who has noticed the ring on Wotan's finger, demands that Wotan add it to the pile, to block the crack.

Loge protests that the ring belongs to the Rheinmaidens, and Wotan angrily declares that he intends to keep it for his own.

As the giants seize Freia and start to leave, Erda , the earth goddess, appears and warns Wotan of impending doom, urging him to give up the cursed ring.

Troubled, Wotan calls the giants back and surrenders the ring. The giants release Freia and begin dividing the treasure, but they quarrel over the ring itself.

Fafner clubs Fasolt to death. Wotan, horrified, realizes that Alberich's curse has terrible power.

Donner summons a thunderstorm to clear the air, after which Froh creates a rainbow bridge that stretches to the gate of the castle. Wotan leads the gods across the bridge to the castle, which he names Valhalla.

Loge does not follow; he says in an aside that he is tempted to destroy the treacherous gods by fire — he will think it over. Far below, the Rhine maidens mourn the loss of their gold, and condemn the gods as false and cowardly.

Because Wagner developed his Ring scheme in reverse chronological order, the "poem" libretto for Das Rhinegold was the last of the four to be written.

He finished his prose plan for the work in March , and on 15 September began writing the full libretto, which he completed on 3 November.

These are poems and texts from 12th and 13th-century Iceland, which relate the doings of various Norse gods. Among these stories, a magic ring and a hoard of gold held by the dwarf Andvari Wagner's Alberich are stolen by the gods Odin Wotan and Loki Loge and used to redeem a debt to two brothers.

One of these, Fafnir, kills his brother and turns himself into a dragon to guard the gold. A few Rhinegold characters originate from outside the Eddas.

Mime appears in the Thidriks saga , as a human smith rather than as an enslaved Nibelung. Wagner may also have been influenced by the Rhine-based German legend of Lorelei , who lures fishermen on to the rocks by her singing, and by the Greek Hesperides myth in which three maidens guard a golden treasure.

Robert Jacobs, in his biography of the composer, observes that the "Nibelung Myth" on which Wagner based his entire Ring story was "very much a personal creation", the result of Wagner's "brilliant manipulation" of his sources.

Holman, in his "Listener's Guide and Concordance" , cites the Alberich character as typifying Wagner's ability to "consolidate selected aspects from diverse stories to create Wagner originally conceived the first scene of Das Rheingold as a prologue to the three scenes that follow it.

As such, the structure replicates that of Götterdämmerung , and also that of the full Ring cycle.

As early as , in his novella "A Pilgrimage to Beethoven", Wagner had anticipated a form of lyric drama in which the standard operatic divisions would disappear.

In the new kind of musical drama, he wrote, the traditional operatic norms of chorus, arias and vocal numbers would have no part.

Holman counts 42, [25] while Roger Scruton , in his philosophical analysis of the Ring , numbers them at Apart from some early sketches in , relating to Siegfried's Death , Wagner composed the Ring music in its proper sequence.

According to his memoirs, Wagner's first inspiration for the music came to him in a half-dream, on 4 September , while he was in Spezia in Italy.

He records a feeling of "sinking in swiftly flowing water. The rushing sound formed itself in my brain into a musical sound, the chord of E flat major, which continually re-echoed in broken forms I at once recognised that the orchestral overture to the Rheingold, which must long have lain latent within me, though it had been unable to find definite form, had at last been revealed to me".

After an extended tour, Wagner was back in Zürich by late October and began writing down the Rheingold music on 1 November. He finished the first draft in mid-January , and by the end of May had completed the full orchestral score.

At that point, in , he set Siegfried aside in order to work on Tristan und Isolde , and did not return to the Ring project for 12 years.

Long before Das Rheingold was ready for performance, Wagner conducted excerpts of the music from Scenes 1, 2 and 4, at a concert in Vienna on 26 December Wagner wanted to wait until the cycle was completed, when he would stage the work himself; also, his return to Munich would likely have precipitated a scandal, in view of his current affair with the married Cosima von Bülow.

Ludwig was unmoved; he denounced Wagner, sacked Richter, appointed another conductor, Franz Wüllner , and rescheduled the premiere for 22 September.

Wagner was refused admission to the rehearsals at the theatre, and returned, angry and defeated, to his home in Triebschen.

Accounts differ as to the success or otherwise of the Munich premiere. Osborne maintains that the performance was successful, [39] as does Holman, [40] [n 2] while Oliver Hilmes in his biography of Cosima describes it as "an artistic disaster".

In , with the Bayreuth Festspielhaus built, Wagner was ready to stage the first Bayreuth Festival with his own production of the now complete Ring cycle, beginning with a performance of Das Rheingold on 13 August.

This event was preceded by months of preparation in which Wagner was deeply engaged; according to witnesses, he was "director, producer, coach, conductor, singer, actor, stage manager, stage hand and prompter".

The 13 August premiere was an event of international importance, and attracted a distinguished audience which included Kaiser Wilhelm I , Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and numerous representatives of the various European royal houses.

The huge influx of visitors overwhelmed the resources of the modest-sized town and caused considerable discomfort to some of the most distinguished of the guests; Tchaikovsky later described his sojourn at Bayreuth as a "struggle for existence".

Despite the careful preparation, the first Bayreuth performance of Das Rheingold was punctuated by several mishaps. Some scene changes were mishandled; at one point a backdrop was prematurely lifted to reveal a number of stagehands and stage machinery; early in Scene 4 Betz, as Wotan, mislaid the ring and had to go backstage to look for it; [48] [50] the gas lighting failed repeatedly, plunging the auditorium into darkness.

After the festival, Das Rheingold was not seen again at Bayreuth for 20 years, until Cosima revived the Ring cycle for the festival.

In Budapest on 26 January , the first Hungarian performance of Das Rheingold , conducted by the young Gustav Mahler , was briefly interrupted when the prompt-box caught fire and a number of patrons fled the theatre.

The production used Carl Emil Doepler 's original Bayreuth costume designs, and scenery was imported from Germany. After the revival, Das Rheingold was been performed regularly at the Bayreuth Festival, although not every year, within a variety of Ring productions.

With few exceptions, this generally conservative, even reverential approach — which extended to all Wagner's operas — tended to be mirrored in performances outside Bayreuth.

This was the antithesis of all that had been seen at Bayreuth before, as scenery, costumes and traditional gestures were abandoned and replaced by a bare disc, with evocative lighting effects to signify changes of scene or mood.

The iconoclastic centenary Ring was followed by numerous original interpretations, at Bayreuth and elsewhere, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The festival opened with Harry Kupfer 's grim interpretation of Das Rheingold , in which Wotan and the other gods were represented as gangsters in mafioso sunglasses.

This entire Ring , says Spotts, was "a parable of how the power-hungry cheat, lie, bully, terrorise and kill to get what they want".

Edward Rothstein, writing in the New York Times , found the production "a puzzle From the late s a backlash against the tendency towards ever more outlandish interpretations of the Ring cycle led to several new productions in the more traditional manner.

Das Rheingold was Wagner's first attempt to write dramatic music in accordance with the principles he had enunciated in Opera and Drama , hence the general absence in the score of conventional operatic "numbers" in the form of arias, ensembles and choruses.

The "Rhine" motif emerges, representing what Osborne describes as "the calm, majestic course of the river".

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The scale and scope of the story is epic. It follows the struggles of gods , heroes , and several mythical creatures over the eponymous magic ring that grants domination over the entire world.

The drama and intrigue continue through three generations of protagonists, until the final cataclysm at the end of Götterdämmerung. The music of the cycle is thick and richly textured, and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds.

Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments such as the Wagner tuba , bass trumpet and contrabass trombone.

Remarkably, he uses a chorus only relatively briefly, in acts 2 and 3 of Götterdämmerung , and then mostly of men with just a few women.

He eventually had a purpose-built theatre constructed, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus , in which to perform this work. The theatre has a special stage that blends the huge orchestra with the singers' voices, allowing them to sing at a natural volume.

The result was that the singers did not have to strain themselves vocally during the long performances. The plot revolves around a magic ring that grants the power to rule the world, forged by the Nibelung dwarf Alberich from gold he stole from the Rhine maidens in the river Rhine.

The Ring itself as described by Wagner is a Rune-magic taufr "tine", or "talisman" intended to rule the feminine multiplicative power by a fearful magical act termed as 'denial of love' "Liebesverzicht".

With the assistance of the god Loge, Wotan — the chief of the gods — steals the ring from Alberich, but is forced to hand it over to the giants , Fafner and Fasolt in payment for building the home of the gods, Valhalla , or they will take Freia, who provides the gods with the golden apples that keep them young.

Wotan's schemes to regain the ring, spanning generations, drive much of the action in the story. His grandson, the mortal Siegfried, wins the ring by slaying Fafner who slew Fasolt for the ring — as Wotan intended — but is eventually betrayed and slain as a result of the intrigues of Alberich's son Hagen, who wants the ring for himself.

Finally, the Valkyrie Brünnhilde — Siegfried's lover and Wotan's daughter who lost her immortality for defying her father in an attempt to save Siegfried's father Sigmund — returns the ring to the Rhine maidens as she commits suicide on Siegfried's funeral pyre.

Hagen is drowned as he attempts to recover the ring. In the process, the gods and Valhalla are destroyed. Wagner created the story of the Ring by fusing elements from many German and Scandinavian myths and folk tales.

Siegfried contains elements from the Eddur, the Völsunga saga and Thidrekssaga. The final Götterdämmerung , draws from the 12th-century German poem, the Nibelungenlied , which appears to have been the original inspiration for the Ring.

The Ring has been the subject of myriad interpretations. For example, George Bernard Shaw , in The Perfect Wagnerite , argues for a view of The Ring as an essentially socialist critique of industrial society and its abuses.

Robert Donington in Wagner's Ring And Its Symbols interprets it in terms of Jungian psychology , as an account of the development of unconscious archetypes in the mind, leading towards individuation.

In his earlier operas up to and including Lohengrin Wagner's style had been based, rather than on the Italian style of opera, on the German style as developed by Carl Maria von Weber , with elements of the grand opera style of Giacomo Meyerbeer.

However he came to be dissatisfied with such a format as a means of artistic expression. He expressed this clearly in his essay ' A Communication to My Friends ', in which he condemned the majority of modern artists, in painting and in music, as "feminine The public, by their enthusiastic reception of Rienzi and their cooler welcome of the Flying Dutchman , had plainly shown me what I must set before them if I sought to please.

I completely undeceived their expectations; they left the theatre, after the first performance of Tannhäuser , [] in a confused and discontented mood.

My Tannhäuser had appealed to a handful of intimate friends alone. I shall never write an Opera more. As I have no wish to invent an arbitrary title for my works, I will call them Dramas I propose to produce my myth in three complete dramas, preceded by a lengthy Prelude Vorspiel.

At a specially-appointed Festival, I propose, some future time, to produce those three Dramas with their Prelude, in the course of three days and a fore-evening.

The object of this production I shall consider thoroughly attained, if I and my artistic comrades, the actual performers, shall within these four evenings succeed in artistically conveying my purpose to the true Emotional not the Critical Understanding of spectators who shall have gathered together expressly to learn it.

In accordance with the ideas expressed in his essays of the period —51 including the "Communication" but also " Opera and Drama " and " The Artwork of the Future " , the four parts of the Ring were originally conceived by Wagner to be free of the traditional operatic concepts of aria and operatic chorus.

The Wagner scholar Curt von Westernhagen identified three important problems discussed in "Opera and Drama" which were particularly relevant to the Ring cycle: This became known as the leitmotif technique see below , although Wagner himself did not use this word.

However, Wagner relaxed some aspects of his self-imposed restrictions somewhat as the work progressed. As George Bernard Shaw sardonically and slightly unfairly [9] noted of the last opera Götterdämmerung:.

And now, O Nibelungen Spectator, pluck up; for all allegories come to an end somewhere The rest of what you are going to see is opera, and nothing but opera.

Before many bars have been played, Siegfried and the wakened Brynhild, newly become tenor and soprano, will sing a concerted cadenza ; plunge on from that to a magnificent love duet The work which follows, entitled Night Falls on the Gods [Shaw's translation of Götterdämmerung ], is a thorough grand opera.

As a significant element in the Ring and his subsequent works, Wagner adopted the use of leitmotifs , which are recurring themes or harmonic progressions.

They musically denote an action, object, emotion, character, or other subject mentioned in the text or presented onstage. Wagner referred to them in "Opera and Drama" as "guides-to-feeling", describing how they could be used to inform the listener of a musical or dramatic subtext to the action onstage in the same way as a Greek chorus did for the theatre of ancient Greece.

Although other composers before Wagner had already used similar techniques, the Ring was a landmark in the extent to which they were employed, as well as in the ingenuity of their combination and development.

Wagner made significant innovations in orchestration in this work. He wrote for a very large orchestra, using the whole range of instruments used singly or in combination to express the great range of emotion and events of the drama.

Wagner even commissioned the production of new instruments, including the Wagner tuba , invented to fill a gap he found between the tone qualities of the horn and the trombone , as well as variations of existing instruments, such as the bass trumpet and a contrabass trombone with a double slide.

He also developed the "Wagner bell", enabling the bassoon to reach the low A-natural, whereas normally B-flat is the instrument's lowest note. If such a bell is not to be used, then a contrabassoon should be employed.

All four parts have a very similar instrumentation. The core ensemble of instruments are one piccolo , three flutes third doubling second piccolo , three oboes , cor anglais doubling fourth oboe , three soprano clarinets , one bass clarinet , three bassoons ; eight horns fifth through eight doubling Wagner tubas , three trumpets , one bass trumpet, three tenor trombones , one contrabass trombone doubling bass trombone , one contrabass tuba ; a percussion section with 4 timpani requiring two players , triangle , cymbals , glockenspiel ; six harps and a string section consisting of 16 first and second violins , 12 violas , 12 violoncellos , and 8 double basses.

Das Rheingold requires one bass drum , one tam-tam , one onstage harp and 18 onstage anvils. Die Walküre requires one snare drum , tam-tam, and an on-stage steerhorn.

Siegfried requires one onstage cor anglais and one onstage horn. Götterdämmerung requires five onstage horns and four onstage steerhorns, one of them to be blown by Hagen.

Much of the Ring , especially from Siegfried act 3 onwards, cannot be said to be in traditional, clearly defined keys for long stretches, but rather in 'key regions', each of which flows smoothly into the following.

This fluidity avoided the musical equivalent of clearly defined musical paragraphs, and assisted Wagner in building the work's huge structures. Tonal indeterminacy was heightened by the increased freedom with which he used dissonance and chromaticism.

Chromatically altered chords are used very liberally in the Ring , and this feature, which is also prominent in Tristan und Isolde , is often cited as a milestone on the way to Arnold Schoenberg 's revolutionary break with the traditional concept of key and his dissolution of consonance as the basis of an organising principle in music.

In summer Wagner wrote The Nibelung Myth as Sketch for a Drama , combining the medieval sources previously mentioned into a single narrative, very similar to the plot of the eventual Ring cycle, but nevertheless with substantial differences.

Later that year he began writing a libretto entitled Siegfrieds Tod "Siegfried's Death". He was possibly stimulated by a series of articles in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik , inviting composers to write a 'national opera' based on the Nibelungenlied , a 12th-century High German poem which, since its rediscovery in , had been hailed by the German Romantics as the "German national epic ".

Siegfrieds Tod dealt with the death of Siegfried, the central heroic figure of the Nibelungenlied. Fanny wrote 'The hunt with Siegfried's death provides a splendid finale to the second act'.

By , Wagner had completed a musical sketch which he abandoned for Siegfrieds Tod. In November , Wagner began the composition draft of Das Rheingold.

Unlike the verses, which were written as it were in reverse order, the music would be composed in the same order as the narrative.

Composition proceeded until , when the final score up to the end of act 2 of Siegfried was completed. Wagner then laid the work aside for twelve years, during which he wrote Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

He returned to Siegfried , and, remarkably, was able to pick up where he left off. In October, he completed the final work in the cycle.

He chose the title Götterdämmerung instead of Siegfrieds Tod. In the completed work the gods are destroyed in accordance with the new pessimistic thrust of the cycle, not redeemed as in the more optimistic originally planned ending.

Wagner also decided to show onstage the events of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre , which had hitherto only been presented as back-narration in the other two parts.

These changes resulted in some discrepancies in the cycle, but these do not diminish the value of the work. Wagner subsequently delayed announcing his completion of Siegfried to prevent this work also being premiered against his wishes.

Wagner had long desired to have a special festival opera house, designed by himself, for the performance of the Ring. In , he decided on a location in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth.

In , he moved to Bayreuth, and the foundation stone was laid. Wagner would spend the next two years attempting to raise capital for the construction, with scant success; King Ludwig finally rescued the project in by donating the needed funds.

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opened in with the first complete performance of the Ring , which took place from 13 to 17 August. The first production of the Ring in Italy was in Venice the place where Wagner died , just two months after his death, at La Fenice.

The Ring is a major undertaking for any opera company: Early productions of the Ring cycle stayed close to Wagner's original Bayreuth staging.

He boasts to the visitors about his plans to conquer the world using the power of the ring. Loge asks how he can protect himself against a thief while he sleeps.

Alberich replies the Tarnhelm will hide him, by allowing him to turn invisible or change his form. Loge expresses doubt and requests a demonstration.

Alberich complies by transforming himself into a giant snake; Loge acts suitably impressed, and then asks whether Alberich can also reduce his size, which would be very useful for hiding.

Alberich transforms himself into a toad. Wotan and Loge seize him and drag him up to the surface. Back on the mountaintop, Wotan and Loge force Alberich to exchange his wealth for his freedom.

He summons the Nibelungen, who bring up the hoard of gold. He then asks for the return of the Tarnhelm, but Loge says that it is part of his ransom.

Alberich still hopes he can keep the ring, but Wotan demands it, and when Alberich refuses, Wotan tears it from Alberich's hand and puts it on his own finger.

Crushed by his loss, Alberich lays a curse on the ring: Fasolt and Fafner return, with Freia. Fasolt, reluctant to release her, insists that the gold be piled high enough to hide her from view.

Wotan is forced to relinquish the Tarnhelm, to help cover Freia completely. However, Fasolt spots a remaining crack in the gold, through which one of Freia's eyes can be seen.

Loge says that there is no more gold, but Fafner, who has noticed the ring on Wotan's finger, demands that Wotan add it to the pile, to block the crack.

Loge protests that the ring belongs to the Rheinmaidens, and Wotan angrily declares that he intends to keep it for his own. As the giants seize Freia and start to leave, Erda , the earth goddess, appears and warns Wotan of impending doom, urging him to give up the cursed ring.

Troubled, Wotan calls the giants back and surrenders the ring. The giants release Freia and begin dividing the treasure, but they quarrel over the ring itself.

Fafner clubs Fasolt to death. Wotan, horrified, realizes that Alberich's curse has terrible power.

Donner summons a thunderstorm to clear the air, after which Froh creates a rainbow bridge that stretches to the gate of the castle.

Wotan leads the gods across the bridge to the castle, which he names Valhalla. Loge does not follow; he says in an aside that he is tempted to destroy the treacherous gods by fire — he will think it over.

Far below, the Rhine maidens mourn the loss of their gold, and condemn the gods as false and cowardly. Because Wagner developed his Ring scheme in reverse chronological order, the "poem" libretto for Das Rhinegold was the last of the four to be written.

He finished his prose plan for the work in March , and on 15 September began writing the full libretto, which he completed on 3 November.

These are poems and texts from 12th and 13th-century Iceland, which relate the doings of various Norse gods. Among these stories, a magic ring and a hoard of gold held by the dwarf Andvari Wagner's Alberich are stolen by the gods Odin Wotan and Loki Loge and used to redeem a debt to two brothers.

One of these, Fafnir, kills his brother and turns himself into a dragon to guard the gold. A few Rhinegold characters originate from outside the Eddas.

Mime appears in the Thidriks saga , as a human smith rather than as an enslaved Nibelung. Wagner may also have been influenced by the Rhine-based German legend of Lorelei , who lures fishermen on to the rocks by her singing, and by the Greek Hesperides myth in which three maidens guard a golden treasure.

Robert Jacobs, in his biography of the composer, observes that the "Nibelung Myth" on which Wagner based his entire Ring story was "very much a personal creation", the result of Wagner's "brilliant manipulation" of his sources.

Holman, in his "Listener's Guide and Concordance" , cites the Alberich character as typifying Wagner's ability to "consolidate selected aspects from diverse stories to create Wagner originally conceived the first scene of Das Rheingold as a prologue to the three scenes that follow it.

As such, the structure replicates that of Götterdämmerung , and also that of the full Ring cycle. As early as , in his novella "A Pilgrimage to Beethoven", Wagner had anticipated a form of lyric drama in which the standard operatic divisions would disappear.

In the new kind of musical drama, he wrote, the traditional operatic norms of chorus, arias and vocal numbers would have no part.

Holman counts 42, [25] while Roger Scruton , in his philosophical analysis of the Ring , numbers them at Apart from some early sketches in , relating to Siegfried's Death , Wagner composed the Ring music in its proper sequence.

According to his memoirs, Wagner's first inspiration for the music came to him in a half-dream, on 4 September , while he was in Spezia in Italy.

He records a feeling of "sinking in swiftly flowing water. The rushing sound formed itself in my brain into a musical sound, the chord of E flat major, which continually re-echoed in broken forms I at once recognised that the orchestral overture to the Rheingold, which must long have lain latent within me, though it had been unable to find definite form, had at last been revealed to me".

After an extended tour, Wagner was back in Zürich by late October and began writing down the Rheingold music on 1 November. He finished the first draft in mid-January , and by the end of May had completed the full orchestral score.

At that point, in , he set Siegfried aside in order to work on Tristan und Isolde , and did not return to the Ring project for 12 years.

Long before Das Rheingold was ready for performance, Wagner conducted excerpts of the music from Scenes 1, 2 and 4, at a concert in Vienna on 26 December Wagner wanted to wait until the cycle was completed, when he would stage the work himself; also, his return to Munich would likely have precipitated a scandal, in view of his current affair with the married Cosima von Bülow.

Ludwig was unmoved; he denounced Wagner, sacked Richter, appointed another conductor, Franz Wüllner , and rescheduled the premiere for 22 September.

Wagner was refused admission to the rehearsals at the theatre, and returned, angry and defeated, to his home in Triebschen. Accounts differ as to the success or otherwise of the Munich premiere.

Osborne maintains that the performance was successful, [39] as does Holman, [40] [n 2] while Oliver Hilmes in his biography of Cosima describes it as "an artistic disaster".

In , with the Bayreuth Festspielhaus built, Wagner was ready to stage the first Bayreuth Festival with his own production of the now complete Ring cycle, beginning with a performance of Das Rheingold on 13 August.

This event was preceded by months of preparation in which Wagner was deeply engaged; according to witnesses, he was "director, producer, coach, conductor, singer, actor, stage manager, stage hand and prompter".

The 13 August premiere was an event of international importance, and attracted a distinguished audience which included Kaiser Wilhelm I , Emperor Pedro II of Brazil and numerous representatives of the various European royal houses.

The huge influx of visitors overwhelmed the resources of the modest-sized town and caused considerable discomfort to some of the most distinguished of the guests; Tchaikovsky later described his sojourn at Bayreuth as a "struggle for existence".

Despite the careful preparation, the first Bayreuth performance of Das Rheingold was punctuated by several mishaps. Some scene changes were mishandled; at one point a backdrop was prematurely lifted to reveal a number of stagehands and stage machinery; early in Scene 4 Betz, as Wotan, mislaid the ring and had to go backstage to look for it; [48] [50] the gas lighting failed repeatedly, plunging the auditorium into darkness.

After the festival, Das Rheingold was not seen again at Bayreuth for 20 years, until Cosima revived the Ring cycle for the festival. In Budapest on 26 January , the first Hungarian performance of Das Rheingold , conducted by the young Gustav Mahler , was briefly interrupted when the prompt-box caught fire and a number of patrons fled the theatre.

The production used Carl Emil Doepler 's original Bayreuth costume designs, and scenery was imported from Germany. After the revival, Das Rheingold was been performed regularly at the Bayreuth Festival, although not every year, within a variety of Ring productions.

With few exceptions, this generally conservative, even reverential approach — which extended to all Wagner's operas — tended to be mirrored in performances outside Bayreuth.

This was the antithesis of all that had been seen at Bayreuth before, as scenery, costumes and traditional gestures were abandoned and replaced by a bare disc, with evocative lighting effects to signify changes of scene or mood.

The iconoclastic centenary Ring was followed by numerous original interpretations, at Bayreuth and elsewhere, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The festival opened with Harry Kupfer 's grim interpretation of Das Rheingold , in which Wotan and the other gods were represented as gangsters in mafioso sunglasses.

This entire Ring , says Spotts, was "a parable of how the power-hungry cheat, lie, bully, terrorise and kill to get what they want". Edward Rothstein, writing in the New York Times , found the production "a puzzle From the late s a backlash against the tendency towards ever more outlandish interpretations of the Ring cycle led to several new productions in the more traditional manner.

Das Rheingold was Wagner's first attempt to write dramatic music in accordance with the principles he had enunciated in Opera and Drama , hence the general absence in the score of conventional operatic "numbers" in the form of arias, ensembles and choruses.

The "Rhine" motif emerges, representing what Osborne describes as "the calm, majestic course of the river".

Confusion arises because this same motif is used later in the Ring cycle to represent affirmation rather than rejection of love; [88] Scruton suggests the motif would be more appropriately labelled "existential choice".

During the first entr'acte, the Ring motif is transformed into the multipart and oft-reiterated "Valhalla" music — four intertwined motifs which represent the majesty of the gods and the extent of Wotan's power.

This duologue is characterised by Fricka's "Love's longing" motif, in which she sighs for a home that will satisfy Wotan and halt his infidelities.

After Wotan seizes the ring from the captive Alberich, the dwarf's agonised, self-pitying monologue "Am I now free?

This lament sounds in the unconsciousness of us all, as we pursue our paths to personality, sovereignty and freedom Das Rheingold is scored for the following instrumental forces: Although it is sometimes performed independently, Das Rheingold is not generally considered outside the structure of the Ring cycle.

However, as Millington points out, it is a substantial work in its own right, and has several characteristics not shared by the other works in the tetralogy.

The action moves forward relatively swiftly, unencumbered, as Arnold Whittall observes, by the "retarding explanations" — pauses in the action to clarify the context of what is going on — that permeate the later, much longer works.

Its lack of the conventional operatic devices arias, choruses, ensembles further enable the story to progress briskly.

Since it was written as a prelude to the main events, Das Rheingold is in itself inconclusive, leaving numerous loose ends to be picked up later; its function, as Jacobs says, is "to expound, not to draw conclusions".

The prelude enables audiences to obtain insights into the natures of many of the princpial characters, and the dynamics of their complex interrelationships.

Live performances of Das Rheingold from Bayreuth and elsewhere were recorded from onwards, but were not issued for many years.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the Wagner opera. For other uses, see Rheingold disambiguation.

Der Ring des Nibelungen. Der Ring des Nibelungen: Composition of the poem. Composition of the music. At the end, Wagner acknowledged Ludwig as the "sole benefactor and co-creator" of the work.

His overall view was that "there surely was not anything more boring or long winded as this interminable thing". The complete Ring cycle as an entity was not staged in Australia until

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