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Friday, January 28, 2005

I am spending much of the next few months with two books, preparing to attend this summer's Seattle Opera production of "Der Ring des Nibelungen."
The two books are: "Wagner's 'Ring' and Its Symbols: The Music and the Myth" by Robert Doningtonand
"I Saw the World End: A Study of Wagner's Ring" by Deryck Cooke.Donington's book is a Jungian interpretation of "The Ring," and Cooke's book is a look at four different interpretations of "The Ring," including Donington's; Cooke refutes much of what Donington says.
Sadly, Cooke died only halfway before he completed his massive work, so his book only covers two of the four operas.

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