The Ring cycle, like most of Wagner’s work, signaled a change in form and content of music drama and created something modern. At the end, when the immortals lose their power and die away, the dawn of the age of humans is something to celebrate.
ARCHIVE May, 2016
The four part Ring cycle became Wagner’s best attempt at accomplishing his goal. To begin with, the four operas: Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold), Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) are based on ancient stories from Norse and German mythology.
When talking about Richard Wagner, one soon realizes the irony in his legacy, he is believed to be a difficult composer to enjoy: someone whose music requires years of preparation and stamina, and yet, Wagner has been successfully integrated into pop culture in ways people don’t even realize.