This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... PRELUDE: THE RHINE GOLD THE Rhine Gold is not a drama et all in any recognized sense of the word, nor can its effect be suggested in the form of a narrative. It is a great hypnotic preparation for the mythological drama of the Niebelung's Ring, which takes place in a region so remote from ordinary human affairs and emotions that between it and the everyday life of the world some shadowy curtain of sound and color has to be interposed. He who takes his place at the performance of this Prelude ought to resign his own ideas and will as completely as the patient who submits himself to the anaesthetist; and as the fumes of the anaesthetic gradually creep into the chambers of the brain, occupying them, transforming them, cutting off communication between them and the conscious will, so the deep music of the Prelude floats into the senses and gradually overpowers them. In the hypnotic trance of imagination into which this music throws us four scenes are revealed--none of them of this earth or world as it is known to mortals, and each, as it succeeds the other, melting out of it almost imperceptibly. Once in the submarine twilight of a river-bed, once in a world of giants and magic castles, once in the depths of the earth, and once amid clouds and the rainbow roads of the sky the fantastic scenery of this Prelude takes shape; and when the trance is over and we return to consciousness and vision of normal things, we have been placed in possession of the fundamental principles from which the trilogy of the Niebelung's Ring is evolved. I Out of silence rose a note of sound, a bourdon deep and continuous, generating a wave of tone that hummed and vibrated like the pulse of the world itself, and gradually enlarged its waves until it became a vast...
  • ISBN13: 9781230467306
  • Publisher: Theclassics.Us
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00056
Publication DateSeptember 12, 2013
Primary CategoryFiction/Short Stories (single author)
Publisher ImprintTheclassics.Us

The Wagner Stories

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