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The Struggle for Orchestral Control: Power, Dialogue, and the Role of the Orchestra in Wagner's Ring

The Struggle for Orchestral Control: Power, Dialogue, and the Role of the Orchestra in Wagner's Ring This article examines the degree to which characters in Wagner's Ring might be heard to control the orchestra for specific rhetorical purposes. Using Edward Cone's work as a starting point, I adopt a "fully diegetic" perspective in which music is understood as a physical presence in the Ring, a continuous tissue of sound that can be altered, shaped, and re-created according to a given character's conscious or unconscious intentions. An analysis of Die Walkure, act III, sc. 3, clarifies the approach. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png 19th-Century Music University of California Press

The Struggle for Orchestral Control: Power, Dialogue, and the Role of the Orchestra in Wagner's Ring

19th-Century Music , Volume 31 (1) – Jul 1, 2007

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University of California Press
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Copyright © by the University of California Press
ISSN
0148-2076
eISSN
1533-8606
DOI
10.1525/ncm.2007.31.1.003
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Abstract

This article examines the degree to which characters in Wagner's Ring might be heard to control the orchestra for specific rhetorical purposes. Using Edward Cone's work as a starting point, I adopt a "fully diegetic" perspective in which music is understood as a physical presence in the Ring, a continuous tissue of sound that can be altered, shaped, and re-created according to a given character's conscious or unconscious intentions. An analysis of Die Walkure, act III, sc. 3, clarifies the approach.

Journal

19th-Century MusicUniversity of California Press

Published: Jul 1, 2007

Keywords: Wagner orchestra diegetic Die Walküüre Cone

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