I Saw the World End
A Study of Wagner's 'Ring'
By (author) Deryck Cooke
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I Saw the World End by Deryck Cooke
Book DescriptionWagner's Ring is a great masterpiece. But because of the work's rich complexity it is difficult to think sensibly about its text and music. Deryck Cooke, author of The Language of Music and completer of Mahler's Tenth Symphony, displays his masterly common sense in this study of how and why The Ring took the shape it did. It is only a portion of the enormous book he had planned: his untimely death prevented his writing an analysis of the music. But it covers the first two operas of the cycle (Rheingold and The Valkyrie) and even as it stands gives a fresh understanding and appreciation to every lover of Wagner's music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780193153189
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1979
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Deryck Cooke
Vindications, Paperback (August 2008)
The legendary musicologist Hans Keller described his friend and colleague Deryck Cooke as 'one of our time's two or three major analytic intellects'. This collection of Cooke's writings was selected from Cooke articles and from his many radio talks.
Language of Music, Paperback (November 1989)» View all books by Deryck Cooke
The author's thesis is that the main characteristic of music is to express and evoke emotion and that all composers whose music has a tonal basis have used the same, or closely similar, melodic phrases, harmonies, and rhythms to express and evoke the same emotions.
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Author Biography - Deryck Cooke
The late Deryck Cooke, author of The Language of Music, completed Mahler's Tenth Symphony.
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