Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Wagner Beyond Good and Evil$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

John Deathridge

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254534

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254534.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 27 July 2021

Symphonic Mastery or Moral Anarchy? First Day: Die Walküre

Symphonic Mastery or Moral Anarchy? First Day: Die Walküre

Chapter:
(p.54) 5. Symphonic Mastery or Moral Anarchy? First Day: Die Walküre
Source:
Wagner Beyond Good and Evil
Author(s):

John Deathridge

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520254534.003.0005

This chapter describes one of the most famous works of Wagner, Die Walküre. Die Walküre has always been by far the most popular work in the Ring, and when Wagner first introduced some of its music to the world, it had a profound effect on modern audiences. The tragic paradoxes of Die Walküre are drawn from Greek myth and Shakespeare, but they also have a real basis in the mid-nineteenth-century idea that family relations inevitably reflect the bourgeois-capitalist system in which they are situated. However, Die Walküre had been misunderstood because it had been performed outside the context of the complete Ring and was hence still vulnerable to exploitation as a series of “operatic” or “purely musical” numbers divorced from any serious dramatic meaning, paled before the enthusiasm that greeted the work. Therefore, the question that remains is whether Die Walküre was a symphonic mastery or a moral anarchy.

Keywords:   Wagner, a symphonic mastery, moral anarchy, Die Walküre, tragic paradox

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.