The Redeemer Reborn: Parsifal as the Fifth Opera of Wagner's Ring

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007 - Performing Arts - 307 pages
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Traditionally, Wagnerian scholarship has always treated the Ring and Parsifal as two separate works. This volume argues that Parsifal is in fact, the fifth opera in the Ring.Redeemer Reborn explains in detail how these five musical dramas portray a single, unbroken story which begins at the start of Das Rheingold when Wotan breaks a branch from the World Ash-tree and Alberich steals the gold of the Rhine, thus separating Spear and Grail, and ends with their reunion in the temple of Monsalavat at the end of Parsifal.It shows how the four main characters go through the cycle of life, and are finally reborn - completing their spiritual journey.
 

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Contents

Die Sieger The Forerunner of Parsifal
5
Schopenhauer and Buddhism
6
Wagner Schopenhauer and Buddhism
13
The Ring and Parsifal as One Work
35
AlberichKlingsor
38
WotanAmfortas
40
BriinnhildeKundry
41
SiegfriedParsifal
44
Parzival
125
Parzival and Wagner
149
Lohengrin
184
The Separation and Reunion of the Spear and Grail
187
Wagners Sources for the Ring
197
The Sins of the Fathers
205
Siegfried
223
Parsifal
249

Tragedy as Mysticism
47
Wagner and the Grail
77
The Fisher King
88
The Tavatimsa Heaven
94
The World of the Grail
98
The Christianization of the Grail
112
The Bloodline of the Grail
121
The Final Redemption
279
Epilogue
289
Notes
291
Bibliography
301
Index
305
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