The ring of the Nibelung

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E. P. Dutton, 1960 - Music - 340 pages
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Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the most influential theatrical works ever written. It is a powerful music-drama on a grand scale, a full appreciation of which depends on an understanding of exactly what is being sung. Wagner's German was deliberately archaic and romantic; until recently, there has been no singing translation which transmits with genuine feeling the complex and literate text, matching the stress and inflection in the score. This translation, commissioned by the English National Opera Company for their highly successful production of The Ring in English, is the work of Andrew Porter, music critic of The New Yorker. The edition includes a German text and Mr. Porter has provided an essay dealing with the problems of translating the work. Book jacket.

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I initially picked this book up to read the English text of the operas that I loved to listen to, but I soon became mesmerized with the poetic language that is so gracefully translated. This is a must ... Read full review


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Richard Wagner is a freelance writer who coauthored, with Robert Zubrin, "The Case for Mars" and has served as editor of "Ad Astra," a magazine of space exploration and development. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife and three daughters.

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