The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie: The Ring of the Nibelung – Volume 1

“Der Ring des Nibelungen” is the original title in German of the book that contained the librettos of the 4 operas that make up the Ring Cycle.

“The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie: The Ring of the Nibelung – Volume 1” is a modern (2011) English translation of the librettos (opera text) of the first 2 operas of German composer Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle combined with 32 beautiful color illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Volume 2 with the remaining two operas is available separately.

This new translation makes it very easy to follow the libretto or storylines of “The Rhinegold” (Das Rheingold) and “The Valkyrie” (Die Walküre), as they are written in the modern style of English unlike the 100 year or older translations that are generally available. New fans of The Ring Cycle will be able to focus on the story rather than struggling to interpret the nuances of old English prose. The integrity of Wagner’s characters has been preserved and Rackham’s illustrations add another dimension, helping bring the characters to life while also portraying the fantastic settings that form the backdrop to the drama.

This book is a must have to accompany listening to, or watching, The Ring Cycle being performed. It’s best viewed in color on Kindle for iPhone/iPad/iPod, Android/Blackberry or Kindle for PC or other devices where you can make the most of Rackham’s color illustrations. (Standard Kindle is currently black and white only).

The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie: The Ring of the Nibelung – Volume 1 (with color Illustrations) from the two volume series (The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner) is available as a Kindle ebook on Amazon.

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