Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 March 1992

368 Pages | music examples

5 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780193153189

Bookseller Code (06)

I Saw the World End

A Study of Wagner's Ring

Deryck Cooke

A Clarendon Press Publication

Long considered a masterpiece, Wagner's Ring has baffled and confused critics because of the highly complex meaning of its text and music. The diverse range of commentaries written on the subject since the first performance over one hundred years ago reveals just how little critics have understood The Ring. Deryck Cooke displays his masterly common sense in this study of how and why The Ring took the shape it did. This volume represents only a portion of the enormous book he had planned--his untimely death prevented him from writing a full analysis of the music. Even as it stands, I Saw The World End will give fresh understanding and appreciation to every lover of Wagner's music.


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