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Waltraute’s voice: (in the distance #78a:) Bruennhilde! Sister (:#78a)! (#78b:) Are you asleep or awake (:#78b)?

 

Bruennhilde: (leaping to her feet: #91 >>:; #103 frag or vari? [which described Siegfried’s labor prior to smelting and forging Nothung?], or #75, or #39 vari?:) Waltraute’s call, so blissfully dear (:#91; :#103 frag or vari, #75, or #39 vari?)! – (calling offstage: #78a:) Are you coming, sister (:#78a), (#39 vari: [a Siegfried Idyll theme?]) and boldly flying hither to me (:#39 vari)? (She hurries to the edge of the rock.) (#39 vari or #103 vari?:) There in the (#78a:) pinewood – (#83a – based on #53:; #78a:) known to you yet - (:#83a) (#78a/#77 >:) dismount from your horse, and leave the courser to rest (:#39 vari or #103 vari?; :#78a/#77). (#78b)

 

(She plunges into the pinewood, from where a loud noise, like a clap of thunder, can be heard. Bruennhilde returns, violently agitated, with Waltraute and remains in a state of joyful excitement, failing to notice Waltraute’s anxious fear.)

#149 combined with #40 tells us that Bruennhilde’s status as loving muse of inspiration for Siegfried is under threat, #40 always representing love under threat in Alberich’s loveless world. #139 recalls how Siegfried woke Bruennhilde after mastering his fear. This is followed by variants of the Ring Motif #19. {{ Next comes musical material which sounds like a rhythmic foreshadowing of music which in T.2.4 is heard as Hagen adds his own accusations to those being made by Bruennhilde against Siegfried. }} Now we hear what seems to be the portion of the “Hoard of the World Motif,” #143, first heard in S.3.3 when Bruennhilde called Siegfried “Hoard of the world,” and warned Siegfried to “leave, oh leave me be.” This is one of the Siegfried Idyll themes. This is a poignant reminder that Siegfried, under the spell of Hagen’s potion, will not leave Bruennhilde be, but will soon betray their love and abduct her to force her into an unloving marriage with a man, Gunther, representing Siegfried’s audience, who is wholly unworthy of her, completely unequipped to face the secrets kept by Siegfried’s muse of unconscious artistic inspiration. Now comes the Loveless Motif #37, followed by #149 and #139 again, plus trills. #154 recalls Hagen’s Potion, which has deluded Siegfried into offering his services to Gunther to win Bruennhilde for him, and which represents the “Wonder” of Wagner’s musical motifs, followed again by the segment of #143 which (I believe) is identified with Bruennhilde’s warning “leave, oh leave me be!” At this point the curtain opens, and we see Bruennhilde seated in front of her mountaintop cave contemplating the Ring Siegfried gave her.

Thunder is heard and lightning is visible as the music announcing the imminent arrival of Bruennhilde’s sister Waltraute, Valkyrie motifs such as #91, #77, and #78, are heard. Bruennhilde wonders who has sought her out in her solitude. Waltraute calls out to Bruennhilde. As Bruennhilde joyously welcomes Waltraute and asks if she’s boldly flying hither to Bruennhilde, we hear a #39 variant, the variant of the basic Love Motif (#25) which most directly links the Love Motif with

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