1 Genesis or Nature : Der Ring Des Nibelungen


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This leitmotif is first heard at the beginning of Das Rheingold It is first heard in this slow form when it represents the beginning of the world (genesis). Soon after this it is hear slightly sped up, this represents nature and is how the leitmotif will appear throughout the rest of the cycle. Despite being so prominent in the prelude to Rheingold, this motif does not appear very often in the cycle, however a great many other motifs are derived from it. The motif is a spread chord of Eb major. The opening or Das Rheingold is the most fundamental interval in music, an octave of Eb (in the double basses) this is then joined by a Bb (in the bassoons) which makes the next most fundamental interval, a perfect fifth. After this the horns (8 of them) come in one by one with this motif, the simplest chord in music, the major triad. This building up, not only of complexity, but also in pitch and volume represents the development of the universe from the primal nothingness. It is pentatonic as it represents nature. Progenitor leitmotifs: None Related leitmotifs: Ride of the Valkuries: /> Subsidiary Leitmotifs: Nature or Rhine: />Gold: />Erda: />Gotterdammerung: />Thunder: />Rainbow: />Sword: />Siegfreid: />World Ash Tree: />Power of the Gods: />Forest Murmurs: /> Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use. This video is designed for the purpose of teaching the viewer about the leitmotifs in Wagner's Operas, where they appear and how the work. This clearly comes under the umbrella of fair use. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED.



waguscheid
Thank you a lot! Your videos did a great job helping me to prepare for the Bayreuth Festival! May I ask you from which recording you took the motifs?
Stevie SFV
The most useful and through posting I've ever come across. Your hard work is greatly appreciated here.
Davide Cantino
TEODORO CELLI: tema dell'«Elemento primordiale» (33). [Teodoro Celli: L’anello del Nibelungo – Rusconi, Milano 1983 – Catalogo dei Temi]
BeckyWuff
The german plural from 'Leitmotiv' is 'Leitmotive'
Jaakko Keskinen
I think I may have found some leitmotivs that are not listed here: The first one, I'm not sure what name would I call it but it occurs in Rheingold during Alberich's words: "Dem Tode verfallen, feßle den Feigen die Furcht: solang er lebt, sterb' er lechzend dahin" It reoccurs at least once again, during prelude of siegfried's second act. Then there are also couple of other bird call-motives that occur during act II of Siegfried and in act III of götterdämmerung when Siegfried is telling everyone about his youth. And finally there is that strange motiv that accompanies Mime in act II of Siegfried when dragon's blood allows Siegfried to hear what Mime is really thinking. It doesn't occur after that but since there are already motives that won't reoccur (like rainbow motive) I think it counts. I can't say though if there are any leitmotives that they are related to.
Frank L
Thanks for producing this resource that I'll need to access frequently. Now if someone could do the same with Star Wars.
Jaakko Keskinen
The third motiv I was talking about is the very first melody that comes in this video: Richard Wagner - Siegfried - Der Ring des Nibelungen - act 2^ part 7 And yeah, I realize now I was being a bit nitpicking when talking about other bird calls. I just love the waldweben part so much that I couldn't resist pointing it out. Thank you for responding!
Wagner Leitmotifs
Hope you enjoy it!
Eniarrol
Revisiting your leitmotif videos again before going to Lorin Maazel's The Ring Without Words tomorrow. So excited :)
Wagner Leitmotifs
There is, Thank you.
Eniarrol
I think there's a typo of "Erda" under "Subsidiary Leitmotifs" :)