Wotans Abschied

The exquisite beauty of Wotan’s farewell to his daughter, the valkyrie Brünnhilde, is one of the high points of the Ring Cycle†: (it’s sung here by James Morris in the 1990 Metropolitan Opera production – the DVD has been released by Deutsche Grammophon) The scene gives us fine examples of Wagner’s use of the leit-motif… …and chromatic […]


At the opening of the second music drama of the Ring cycle – The Valkyrie – we enter, for the first time, the world of human beings. Siegmund is a fugitive; Sieglinde gives him shelter… Nothung [Needful] the sword General course materials: Keyboard Cycle of 5ths Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as “fair use/dealing”, for the […]