The Ring of the Nibelung - (Penguin Classics Hardcover) by Richard Wagner (Hardcover)
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Number of Pages: 816
Sub-Genre: Individual Composer & Musician
Series Title: Penguin Classics Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Richard Wagner
Street Date: October 9, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-7712
A superb new translation of one of the greatest nineteenth century poems: the libretto to Wagner's Ring Cycle, in a Penguin Classics hardcover designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith 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 fully engage with one of the great musical experiences. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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FLaker - 7 months ago
Wonderful hard bound book with both German and the English translation on each side of pages. Some say the translation is not word for word but a summary but that's ok, it is still a great way to try to learn a little German. This legendary folklore tale is a must read for anyone of German ancestry.
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