Musical Motifs in Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung
[[#1]] “Primal Nature”
We gradually become conscious of the essence of uncreated Nature, which has always, and will always, be embodied by changing forms, which evolve over time into new forms.
Prelude: “(The orchestra begins while the curtain is closed. [[ #1 ]] Greenish twilight, lighter above, darker below. [[ #2 ]] The top of the stage is filled with billowing waters that flow unceasingly from left to right. [[ #3 ]] Towards the bottom the waves dissolve into an increasingly fine mist-like spray, so that a space the height of a man appears to be left there completely free of water, which flows like scudding clouds over the dusk-enshrouded river bed.)”
[[#2]] “Rhine Motion”
[[#3]] “Definitive Rhine River”