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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 Wagners 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 GotterdammerungBrunnhildes Immolation Siegfrieds funeral Brunnhilde casts the Ring into the Rhine and throws herself into the fire...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course MUS 32726 taught by Professor Levy during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.
- Winter '08