Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung Or Das Ring Des Nibelungen, As Germans Call It - Part 1

A whole clump of people have got written about Richard Wagner's "Ring of the Nibelung," (or Der Ring diethylstilbestrol Nibelungen, as Germans say), including G.B. Henry Wheeler Shaw and Lion Tolstoy. Henry Wheeler Shaw set together a pretty elaborate account. Only, you see, he got carried away with fables and stuff, which, he claimed, he had discovered in those four operas. Leo Leo Tolstoy - well, we all cognize what sort of author Tolstoy was. It's, like, a hundred pages of explaining why Der Ring diethylstilbestrol Nibelungen is poo, followed by a speedy (one page long) overview of the plot. That's wonderful, though not, in my opinion, particularly smart.

You have got to listen to a whole clump of operas and symphonic music before you set your cognition and taste sensation to the diagnostic test by attending the Ring Cycle, as they name it (all four operas given on four sequent years or nights). There are a few drilling musca volitans in those four operas, when Otto Wagner (the composer) follows a music theory of his ain device instead of his inspiration. I'll wager he himself thought those musca volitans were boring. He was stubborn, though. He figured, okay, maybe they're boring, but they're calm necessary, etc. Whatever.

There are full scenes in the "Ring of the Nibelung" (or Der Ring diethylstilbestrol Nibelungen, as some prigs would name it even in this country) you could just flip out without diminishing the overall effect. You shouldn't make that, though, since harmoniousness is a gentle thing and acquires shattered easily. Only the writer really cognizes how things in his musical composition are linked up to one another. Those boring scenes might incorporate unseeable golf course we're not aware of.

Well, anyway, this series is my effort to familiarise my readers with the existent plot, I mean, the narrative ... I mean, give my readers an thought about the "Ring" (or Der Ring diethylstilbestrol Nibelungen, as Otto Wagner himself called it, being a German and all). Like, what it's all about. Okay. Stay tuned.

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