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This review is from: Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung: A Companion (Paperback)
I purchased this book, because like many people I have got 'The Ring' on CD and although it had a libretto it was in German and therefore I hadn't got a clue what was going on in the opera.
What I needed was a good English translation next to the German so I could follow the opera as I listened.
If you are in the same boat, look no further.
The book is divided into 2 main parts.
The first part consists of a number of academic essays written on the history and musical composition of the opera. These probably will only appeal to music students. I certainly did not gain much from them.
The second part is a gold mine. The libretto covers all the operas of the cycle with the english translation next to the German. In addition there are stage directions and synopses of the story for each scene.
An excellent, invaluable book. Highly Recommended