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instrument), answers that he swears this to himself. As Alberich slowly disappears from view along with the night, we hear a new motif, #168ab, representing, as Cooke puts it, the dawn of that day on which Hagen will set in motion the concluding piece of his plan to discredit the Waelsung hero Siegfried and regain possession of the power of the Ring which Siegfried has (unwittingly) co-opted. Cooke, accordingly, calls this two segment motif “Hagen’s Day.” Cooke described the music which depicts the rising sun as beginning with a variant of #1, the Original Nature Arpeggio with which the Ring began, and which in a sense contains the seed of all the music, and musical motifs, of the Ring, which then becomes a canon, and shortly thereafter is transformed into a brutal brassy music associated with Hagen’s expectation of victory, the motif #168. #168 finally develops into its definitive form, #168ab, the segment “#168b” being a powerful repetition of a three-note figure which will later be sung by the Gibichung clan chorus in T.2.3, in praise of Hagen’s newly acquired status as wedding herald.

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