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Subject: Re: The PBS Telecast Of The Lepage Staging Of _Siegfried_
From: Mike Scott Rohan <mike.scott.ro...@asgardpublishing.co.uk>
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On Wednesday, 17 October 2012 23:19:33 UTC+1, REP wrote:
> What are you two on about? As far as I can tell, you agree on the matter.=
Haven't you realized that yet?
Actually I'm mostly needling ACD, to enjoy his perpetual turnarounds. You m=
ight think we largely agree, from what's being said here; but that wasn't w=
hat he said before. Of course I don't believe the Ring can be specifically =
dated, but ACD originally -- some years ago -- pronounced that it couldn't=
be related to any period at all, and remained totally in the realms of fan=
I pointed out, first, that the mythology had a definite -- and quite short =
-- period, as Wagner undoubtedly knew from Grimm; and that Wagner also assi=
gned the action to a very specific part of that period, which happened to b=
e the date of the historic events which inspired it, the growth of the Germ=
anic tribes of the Rhineland and the destruction of the historical Burgundi=
ans under King Gundaharius. This was finally established beyond question, a=
fter much frothing to the contrary by ACD, by a specific instruction of Wag=
ner's to his costume designer (who'd been chosen partly because he speciali=
zed in historic and genre costume). ACD, after a period of silence, reappea=
red claiming, as he does, that he'd meant something else altogether. This i=
s why there seems to be such an overlap now.
> On the other hand, Mike seems to think that A.C. believes the Ring is so =
mythological or prehistorical or whatever that it is completely divorced fr=
om time and place, such that Wagner's decision to reference ancient German =
culture (as opposed to, say, modern Chinese or American) for costuming was =
an arbitrary decision necessitated only by the fact that the singers had to=
wear something rather than nothing.
Not at all, as witness that instruction by Wagner I cited, relating the cos=
tumes to the pagan Germany described by Tacitus in Germania. That was what =
ACD was originally claiming.
> But A.C. obviously knows that the Ring takes place in a real location (q.=
v. the Rhine) and that it's tied to a remote, German period (q.v. German go=
ds, swords, spears, etc.).
Yet, that, originally, is what he denied, with considerable venom.=20
> So you agree: the Ring cannot be dated. It uses historical cues and refer=
ences only to approximate a mythic (and yes, prehistoric) setting.
> So what are you actually arguing about? Semantics? The difference between=
mythological and prehistorical? Fine, but you can leave the Ring out of it=
No, we're arguing over what he originally said, was thoroughly stuffed over=
, and now claims he always meant.=20
> P.S. If you continue this argument, I suggest framing it around Tannhause=
Since Tannhauser was a very real person, whose verse and apologia still sur=
vive, that's even easier to settle!