An appeal on behalf of THE SOCIETY FOR RELIEF OF DISTRESS, by the Rt. Hon. Lord HUGH CECIL,
D.C.L., LL.D., M.P.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
THE B B C ORCHESTRA
Leader, ARTHUR CATTERALL
Conductor, ADRIAN BOULT
During October, 1739, Handel wrote a set of twelve Concerti Grossi, which were published the following year by John Walsh , ' at the sign of the Harp and Hoboy', Catherine Street, Strand. Corelli was the great master of the concerto grosso form, and therefore it was Corelli whom Handel took as his model.
' Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine', from The Twilight of the Gods, is a fine piece of pictorial writing describing the early morning after Briinnhilda's awakening and Siegfried's wooing on the fire-girt rock, Siegfried's farewell, and the beginning of his journey. Briinnhilda, standing on a rock, watches Siegfried's journey. The music portrays her moods, and various well-known motives in the opera are heard, such as Siegfried's motive, ' Victorious Love ', the ' Rhine ' motive, the ' Ring ' motive, and the ' Renunciation of Love ' motive.
Perhaps one of the most stirring pieces of tone painting in the whole of The Ring is the great Funeral March of Siegfried, which is heard in the Third Act of The Twilight of the Gods. Siegfried has been slain by Hagen, and Gunther and his men bear the body on their shields in the silence of the hills.
This solemn and deeply expressive march suggests a kaleidoscopic view of Siegfried's life from the beginning to the end. With supreme musical skill and imagination, Wagner introduces and welds together various significant motives connected with Siegfried in The Ring. We hear ' Siegfried's death blow ', ' Sigmund the Walsung ' 'The Recognition of Sigmund and Sieglinde ', ' The Sword Nothung " ', ' Siegfried the fearless ', ' Siegfried the warrior ', ' Brünnhilda ', etc.
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