Tag Archives: Ring Cycle

More Analysis of the Final Ring Motif

Roger Scruton’s most recent book, The Ring of Truth, is densely packed with insight.  His discussion, very early into the book, of the influences of J.G. Fichte in the moral and philosophical world in which Siegfried struggles for “freedom and individuality” were entirely new to me and very much valued. Among the many helpful analyses […]

Preparing the 1983 Hall/Solti Ring at Bayreuth

Last month, browsing the book stalls located outside the BFI under the Waterloo Bridge on London’s South Bank, I found a volume I had never seen before – The Ring: Anatomy of an Opera, by Stephen Fay and Roger Wood. Fay chronicles the preparation of the 1983 Bayreuth Ring production, directed by Peter Hall, conducted […]

The Ring? There’s an App For That!

“LEITMOTIVE” is an iPhone app by Klaus Brink.  It was designed in cooperation with dajool (engineering and design), Volker Kolmetz (pianist) and Digitalspices (design elements), and is available at the App Store. Leitmotive is a digital rendition of the motifs identified by Julius Burghold in his 1910 volume, “Richard Wagner – Der Ring des Nibelingen […]

The American Ring in the American Capital

One of the many rewards of attending Francesca Zambello’s production of the “American Ring” for the second time recently in Washington, DC, is the chance to admire, and chew on, the insights that she offers.  It is one thing to set the action of the Ring in the American mythological past – for example, to […]