Wagner and Naming

Wagner and Naming

Heinrich Pröhle "Lohengrin"Names are important to the study of Richard Wagner’s music dramas in two ways: 1) the hero often has a concealed or riddling name; and 2) his musical themes often seem to have names–sometimes concealed, in that Wagner’s semantic intentions may be unclear, and he did not authorize any guide to his leading motives. I believe that these are two aspects of the same problem, and I will propose (with many recorded examples) a method for solving it.

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