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Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. This book offers an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner’s achievements, focusing on its ... More


Wotan’s Dilemmas

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Opera

The tone that Wotan employed in his harsh judgment of Brünnhilde was perceived as a resentful defense of wronged justice since Brünnhilde allegedly has broken faith with him and with herself. This ... More


Siegmund and Sieglinde

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Opera

The significance of Siegmund’s and Sieglinde’s characters were initially underestimated since Wotan was not able to foresee how these characters would go beyond the mark that Wotan has set for them, ... More


Varieties of Love

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Opera

Unlike Wotan who is seemingly fixated at conjuring up conclusions about all sorts of issues, Brünnhilde takes on such issues in an instinctive and sympathetic manner. Soon after Wotan expresses harsh ... More


Brünnhilde’s Progress

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Opera

As Brünnhilde’s articulations shifted from expressing defiance of Wotan, she then spoke of how she has “always loved” Siegfried. The judgment served as a falsification of what she was feeling and ... More


Brünnhilde’s Transformation

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Opera

The judgments and exhibitions of authority are not exclusive to the individual characters of the Ring. As we observe through Götterdämmerung, judgments are expressed both musically and dramatically ... More


Brünnhilde’s Authority

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Opera

After undergoing much development throughout the drama, we observe how Brünnhilde is able to attain a large amount of cognitive authority. Her character knows, can attest to what she knows, and has ... More


Wotan’s Project

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Opera

Wotan’s internal conflicts were believed to have originated when he made a decision to build Valhalla—an arrangement that he did not intend to push through with. In Wotan’s explanation to Brünnhilde, ... More


Siegfried’s Ring and Wagner’s Ring

Wendy Doniger

in The Ring of Truth: And Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190267117
eISBN:
9780190621759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267117.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The story of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is told in medieval Norse and German sources, retold by Ibsen and, most famously, staged in Wagner’s four-opera cycle, The Ring of the Nibelung. In each ... More


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