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Unformatted text preview: o Singers rarely sing together Leitmotive • “leading motive” : short musical motive associated with a character, idea, or object • Introduced so the meaning is clear • Often played by the orchestra • Can be combined or transformed, to create new meanings • Pervasive in Wagner’s music dramas The Ring of the Nibelungs The Ring Cycle (1851-76) • “Das Rheingold” : the gold of the Rhine, stolen and cursed • “Die Walkure” = Valkyrie= Brunnhilde • “Siegfried” = hero: husband, rescuer (and nephew) of Brunnhilde • “Gotterdammerung: = twilight of the gods Wagner p- 237 Gotterdammerung—“Brunnhilde’s Immolation” • Siegfried’s funeral Brunnhilde casts the Ring into the Rhine and throws herself into the fire...
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- Winter '08
- Music, Richard Wagner, German Romantic Opera, Music Lit Lecture, short musical motive, traditional Italian opera, regular poetic rhymes