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Opera Guide: Götterdämmerung

Richard Wagner’s fifteen-hour operatic cycle The Ring of the Nibelung ends with this great music drama. Michael Tanner’s essay tackles the scale and meaning not just of this work but of Wagner’s whole undertaking, showing that Götterdämmerung is – for all its length – his fastest-moving drama. Composer Robin Holloway brings the focus of creative genius to his discussion of the score, while Christopher Winkle’s article analyses Brunnhilde’s concluding monologue. The ninety numbered musical themes of the Thematic Guide are cross-referenced to the other Ring guides.

An Introduction to the End, Michael Tanner
Motif, Memory and Meaning in ‘Twilight of the Gods’, Robin Holloway
The Questionable Lightness of Being: Brunnhilde’s Peroration to ‘The Ring’, Christopher Wintle
Götterdämmerung: Poem by Richard Wagner
Twilight of the Gods: English translation by Andrew Portern
Discography, Cathy Peterson

ENO Libretto 31
Composer: Richard Wagner
Page extent: 128 pages
Size: 21.5 x 14 cm portrait
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9780714544328