Die Sieger and Die Wibelungen : How Parsifal is the Fifth Opera of Wagner’s Ring 1

Die Sieger and Die Wibelungen : How Parsifal is the Fifth Opera of Wagner’s Ring 1 Abstract Nineteenth-century German opera composer Richard Wagner was very knowledgeable about Buddhism and its teachings, at least for a European of that time, and he incorporated his knowledge of those teachings into his last five music dramas: The Ring of the Nibelung (a four-opera cycle) and his final opera, Parsifal . The Ring is traditionally performed separately from Parsifal , but this article explains how there is a basis to connect these five great works into one cycle, even to the extent where the performance of a five-opera cycle would one day become a reality. The basis for this connection includes Wagner’s own strong belief in reincarnation, as well as Buddhism’s general teaching and explanation of karma and rebirth. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and the Arts Brill

Die Sieger and Die Wibelungen : How Parsifal is the Fifth Opera of Wagner’s Ring 1

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1079-9265
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1568-5292
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10.1163/15685292-12341272
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Abstract

Abstract Nineteenth-century German opera composer Richard Wagner was very knowledgeable about Buddhism and its teachings, at least for a European of that time, and he incorporated his knowledge of those teachings into his last five music dramas: The Ring of the Nibelung (a four-opera cycle) and his final opera, Parsifal . The Ring is traditionally performed separately from Parsifal , but this article explains how there is a basis to connect these five great works into one cycle, even to the extent where the performance of a five-opera cycle would one day become a reality. The basis for this connection includes Wagner’s own strong belief in reincarnation, as well as Buddhism’s general teaching and explanation of karma and rebirth.

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Religion and the ArtsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Richard Wagner; Buddhism; reincarnation; karma; the Ring ; Parsifal

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