How to get started in listening to Wagner?

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A pro pos(t) found, but lost

Yes, at least start by reading can be considered, though some material may not exist forever. But I trust we all know better.

Start with the Dutchman

As with most composers; there is usually a route in; nearly everybody listens to the overtures, but the operas are so much more than that. I'd say start with the Flying Dutchman, on either CD or DVD. However, see a live performance if you. Opera North are doing this later this month, so get along if you can.

 

As for the Ring, the orchestral excerpts make a good start (there used to be one by Tennstedt which was very good). Then go for Walkure- you might be able to view this on Youtube, and again Opera North are doing the whole lot next year. I already have my ticket!

 

DSM

I, iii
parla wrote:

There is no problem, if you cannot follow my logic. You do not need it, anyway

As Wagner says,

Folge mir nur ...
Ich brauch' ihn nicht

iv, i kant

W:
Folge mir, Fr ...

Fr:
(with motiv) ... der Name?

parla wrote:

I won't respond to any possible argument

Act 1, Line 4

Ihn muss ich fragen.

parla wrote:

I will start with the first argument of yours, namely

And not only
parla wrote:

If not how to start, at least where to search

Actually, with an entrance line, both start and search may be possible -

Nun heißt es: such!

But perhaps there is no need to search, since there appears to be an answer a few lines later -

... spricht?

The name (if exists) may be mature, but not the work

I, iii:

Nenne dich!

6-24: Feast Day, but not Name day (due to no L)

Act 3:

Wir feiern ja heut' Johannisfest ...
Namenstag! Nein! ...
Par(n)aß und Par( )adies!

Maturity date, with Beethoven "V"

Die Zeit ist da (Act II beginning)
Die Stund' ist da (Act III)

Die Zeit ist da (Act I)
siegend ... dar! (scene iv)

Moving further away from resolution
tagalie wrote:

German equivalent of 'It's a fair cop, guv.'

Ich zeigt' ihn dir
in offner Tat:
Namen

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