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Opera Stories from Wagner   By: (1878-)

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OPERA STORIES FROM WAGNER

BY

FLORENCE AKIN

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

1915

[Illustration: SIEGFRIED]

NOTE: The verses printed in this book are quoted from Dr. Oliver Huckel's translations of The Rhine Gold , The Walkuere , Siegfried , and Goetterdaemmerung , by the kind permission of the publishers, Messrs. Thomas Y. Crowell & Company. An occasional sentence in several of the stories is borrowed from the same source.

CONTENTS

THE RHINE GOLD THE HAPPY RHINE DAUGHTERS ALBERICH THE CARELESS RHINE DAUGHTERS THE THEFT THE SAD RHINE DAUGHTERS A CASTLE ON THE RHINE THE MORNING THE PAYMENT LOKI YOUTH OR AGE? NIBELHEIM THE BEST SMITH IN NIBELHEIM THE MASTER THE BOASTER THE WISHING CAP THE TRICK THE CURSE THE GREEDY FAFNER A SLAVE TO GOLD THE BEAUTIFUL VALHALLA

THE WALKUERE A MATCHLESS SWORD THE VALIANT SIEGMUND HUNDING'S WIFE HUNDING THE WAR MAIDENS WOTAN'S WIFE WOTAN AND BRUNHILDE OFF TO THE BATTLEFIELD THE FLIGHT THE PUNISHMENT THE SLEEP THE MAGIC FIRE

SIEGFRIED THE MISSING MIMI THE DRAGON A BABY IN THE FOREST MIMI AND THE BABY SIEGFRIED AND HIS FRIENDS THE BROKEN SWORD A BIG BROWN BEAR SIEGFRIED AND MIMI SIEGFRIED MENDS HIS FATHER'S SWORD SIEGFRIED GOES TO FIGHT THE DRAGON A WOOD BIRD'S SONG SIEGFRIED AND THE DRAGON A CHANGE COMES OVER SIEGFRIED MIMI HAS A SURPRISE MIMI AND ALBERICH STOP TO QUARREL TOO LONG SIEGFRIED REACHES THE MOUNTAIN SIEGFRIED LEARNS WHAT FEAR IS THE AWAKENING

GOETTERDAEMMERUNG A SONG OF THE PAST A SONG OF THE PRESENT A SONG OF THE FUTURE A PLEDGE OF LOVE THE DOOM OF VALHALLA LOVE

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ILLUSTRATIONS

SIEGFRIED THE RHINE MAIDENS AND ALBERICH WOTAN HE TUGGED IN VAIN WALKUERE CARRYING HEROES TO VALHALLA "EAT HIM, BRUIN," LAUGHED SIEGFRIED "I AM GOING TO EAT YOU," HISSED THE DRAGON THREE NORNS CAME TO THE MOUNTAIN CREST TO SPIN

From drawings by E. Pollak Ottendorff

TO THE GIRLS AND BOYS

In these stories you will find some wonderful giants.

You will find beautiful maidens who lived in a river.

You will find a large family of little black dwarfs who lived under the river, and you will find a splendid hero.

The little children of Germany used to curl up in their mothers' arms, when bedtime came, and listen to the stories of these strange people.

When these little children grew up, they told the same stories to their children.

So it went for many, many years.

The stories have been put together by a man named Richard Wagner. He put them together in such a way that they make one long and wonderful story.

After he had told these stories in words, he told them again in a more beautiful way. He told them in music.

Sometime you will hear this music, and you will think of beautiful water maidens, singing and dancing in the sunshine.

You will think of great giants walking over mountains.

You will think of the little black dwarfs under the river, and you will hear them hammering, hammering upon their anvils.

OPERA STORIES FROM WAGNER

THE RHINE GOLD

THE HAPPY RHINE DAUGHTERS

In the Rhine River there lived three beautiful maidens. They were called the Rhine daughters.

They had long, golden hair, which floated upon the waves as they swam from rock to rock.

When their father went away, he left in their care a great lump of pure gold.

This gold was on the very top of the highest rock in the river.

Every morning the beautiful Rhine daughters would dance and sing about their gold.

They sang a happy song:

"Heigh ho! hither, ye waters! Waver and waft me to sleep on your breast! Heigh ho! hither, ye waters! Weave me sweet dreams on your billowy crest!"

ALBERICH

One morning, when the sun was shining very brightly, the Rhine daughters were startled by a strange sound in the depths of the water.

"Look!" whispered one. "What is that scowling at us from the rocks below?"

There, stealing along the river bed, they saw a hideous little black dwarf... Continue reading book >>




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