Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung and the Bayreuth Premiere, August 1876
(“L’anneau du Nibelung et les représentations de Bayreuth, Août 1876”, Harmonie et mélodie, Calmann-Lévy, 1885, 37–98)
This chapter discusses Richard Wagner and his works. It turns its attention to the kind of author in the Ring der Nibelungen, whose libretto was completely finished and published as early as 1863 and has nothing to do with the difficulties that grew up between France and Germany. Since the celebrated Tetralogy can be considered as being the most complete expression of the composer's system, its performance is the best occasion for studying this system and giving an idea of it. Before beginning this enquiry, this chapter offers a few preliminary details about Wagnerians and anti-Wagnerians.
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