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Critical Approaches to Die Walküre- Here are some summaries/ extracts from scholarly books
about The Ring Cycle.

1. Barry Millington, "The Music: Operas" in The Wagner Compendium: A Guide to
Wagner's Life and Music (London: Thames and Hudson, 1992), p 292.

Musical Style

Whereas in Rhinegold, the rigour with which…

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cycle, Wagner began to side with the views of the philosopher Schopenhauer, who believed
music should be at the top of the hierarchy.
One technique Wagner uses in Die Walküre is the use of narrations (like monologues in
drama). While these may be seen as slowing the furthering of the…


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