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Siegfried: ([[ #176: ]]; #voc?: [possibly something Siegfried sang to the Woodbird in S.2.2-3? Could it be a reference to Siegfried saying he’ll follow the Woodbird to Bruennhilde in S.2.2-3, or a reference to S.3.2 when the Woodbird fluttered away and Siegfried said he’d now follow alone the path his guide had showed him?]) An elf [“Albe”] has led me astray, so that I lost the trail (:#voc? [Siegfried/Woodbird reference from S.2.2-3 or S.3.2?]): - (#103 frag/#176 >> :) Hey, rogue! (#176?) In which hill (#176?) have you hidden the game so swiftly? (#176)

 

The Three Rhinedaughters: (resurfacing and resuming their dance: #174b >>:) Siegfried!

 

Flosshilde: Why are you grumbling at the ground?

 

Wellgunde: With whatever elf are you angry?

 

Woglinde: Has a nixie been teasing you? (#175)

 

All Three: (#174c:) Tell us, Siegfried, tell us (:#174c)!

 

Siegfried: (observing them with a smile: #176:) Did you spirit away the shaggy haired fellow who disappeared from my sight? (#128, #129, or #4?:) If he’s your lover, I gladly leave him to you, you light-hearted women (:#128, #129, or #4?). (The Rhinedaughters laugh. #175 [sounding again a bit like #34 or #33b, almost like the Woodbird’s fluttering when it led Siegfried towards Bruennhilde during the finale of S.2.3, and as it fluttered away early in S.3.2, leaving Siegfried to confront Wotan alone, and like the music at the end of this scene before the Gibichungs come down to the Rhine to join Siegfried?])

 

Another new motif, #175, heard as the Rhinedaughters swim in the Rhine, is a variant of #14, the motif which originally represented the motion of the Rhinedaughters’ swimming in the Rhine. We hear it as they swim a round dance while singing their new lament, describing how the deeps, which once were brightened by the Rhinegold, are now dark. Presciently, they ask the sun-goddess to send them the hero who will give them back the gold, and we are reminded that it was originally the sun-goddess who brightened the gold one last time before the Fall, just before Alberich stole it. Now we hear Siegfried’s horncall again, as he is drawing closer. {{ Strangely, as they swim and sing, excited by this sound, various strands of music representing their splashing and swimming in

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