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Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht


Few musical works loom as large in Western culture as Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring of the Nibelung. This book offers an illuminating look at this greatest of Wagner’s achievements, focusing on its far-reaching and subtle exploration of problems of meanings and endings in this life and world. The book draws out the philosophical and human significance of the text and the music. It shows how different forms of love, freedom, heroism, authority, and judgment are explored and tested as it unfolds. As it journeys across its sweeping musical-dramatic landscape, the book leads us to the central co ... More

Keywords: Richard Wagner, Ring of the Nibelung, music, significance of life, Wotan, Siegfried, Brünnhilde

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195183603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Kitcher, author
Columbia University
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Richard Schacht, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign