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The Perfect Wagnerite

Gelesen von Bob Neufeld

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The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring (originally published London, 1898) is a philosophical commentary on Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, by the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw. Shaw offered it to those enthusiastic admirers of Wagner who "were unable to follow his ideas, and do not in the least understand the dilemma of Wotan." He interprets the Ring in Marxian terms as an allegory of the collapse of capitalism from its internal contradictions. Musicologically, his interpretation is noteworthy for its perception of the change in aesthetic direction beginning with the final scene of Siegfried, in which he claimed that the cycle turns from Musikdrama back towards opera. (Introduction by Wikipedia) (4 hr 46 min)

Chapters

Prefaces/Preliminary Encouragements

24:24

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The Ring of the Niblungs/The Rhine Gold

41:35

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Wagner as Revolutionist

14:34

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The Valkyries

21:42

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Siegfried

27:06

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Back To Opera Again - Siegfried Concluded

34:55

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Night Falls On The Gods

27:28

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Forgotten Ere Finished/Why He Changed His Mind

24:11

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Wagner's Own Explanation/The Pessimist As Amorist

17:17

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The Music of The Ring

39:36

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Bayreuth/Wagnerian Singers

13:40

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Interesting Read

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I don't think I'll ever hear the Ring Cycle the same way again.