Wagner, music or drama?

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In the music there is a shimmering and swelling, which finally blazes forth in a proud, even harsh, assertion of triumphal power. At the end of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the Gods are finally, after a great deal of travail, crossing the rainbow bridge into their citadel Valhalla. Anyone sitting in a concert hall listening to […]

De Vlieger’s Ring Adventure

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Richard Wagner (1813-1883) arr. Henk de Vlieger (born 1953) The Ring – An Orchestral Adventure from Das Rheingold Prelude – The Rhine Gold – Nibelheim: the smithy – Valhalla from Die Walküre The Valkyries – The Magic Fire from Siegfried Forest Murmurs – Siegfried’s Deeds of Heroism – Brünnhilde’s Awakening from Götterdämmerung Siegfried and Brünnhilde […]

Conocotarius, George Washington – eventually

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I don’t live in Central Australia and haven’t since the 1980s. It’s been an important strand in my life though, given expression partly in the piece, Journey to Horseshoe Bend. And I guess I think of Central Australia every day. I see myself there. When I am there, visiting in person, I can still see […]