The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie by Arthur Rackham and Richard Wagner. First edition. First impression from 1910 in Good ++ condition. There is some wear to top of spine. The first tissue guard has a large tear and the last tissue guard is missing. All tipped in colour plates firmly attached and in excellent condition. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie
So, The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie’ was written by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883). The works are based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas. The chief components include ‘The Rhinegold’ – the prelude, ‘The Valkyrie’ – the first day of the trilogy, ‘Siegfried’ – the second day of the trilogy, and also ‘The Twilight of the Gods’ – the third day of the trilogy. The text is accompanied by a series of dazzling colour illustrations by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939). One of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration, his artistry still delights both young and old over a century later.
The Ring or “Ring cycle”, is a set of four operas based loosely on figures and elements of Germanic mythology. Particularly from the later Norse mythology. Notably the Old Norse Poetic Edda and Volsunga Saga, and the Middle High German Nibelungenlied.
Wagner specifically developed the libretti for these operas according to his interpretation of Stabreim, highly alliterative rhyming verse-pairs used in old Germanic poetry. They were also influenced by Wagner’s concepts of ancient Greek drama, in which tetralogies were a component of Athenian festivals, and which he had amply discussed in his essay “Oper und Drama”.
The first two components of the Ring cycle were Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), which was completed in 1854, and then Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), which was finished in 1856.
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