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Arthur Rackham's illustration to the Ride of the Valkyries
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"The Ride of the Valkyries" (German: Walkürenritt) is the popular term for the beginning of Act III of Die Walküre by Richard Wagner. It is probably Wagner's best-known piece after the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin. It stands out in part because of its references in popular culture, where it is used to represent stereotypical Grand Opera. An illustration from Alices Adventures in Wonderland Arthur Rackham (September 19, 1867 – September 6, 1939) was a prolific British book illustrator. ... Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second of the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. ... Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as he later came to call them). ... The Bridal Chorus from the opera Lohengrin, by German composer Richard Wagner, is the standard march played for the brides entrance at most formal weddings in the United States and at many weddings thoughout the Western world. ... Lohengrin is a romantic opera (or music drama) in three acts by Richard Wagner. ... Grand Opera is a style of opera mainly characterized by many features on a grandiose scale. ...


In the opera-house, the Ride begins in the prelude to the Act, building up successive layers of accompaniment until the curtain rises to reveal a mountain peak where four of the eight Valkyrie sisters of Brünnhilde have gathered in preparation for the transportation of fallen heroes to Valhalla. As they are joined by the other four, the familiar tune is carried by the orchestra, while, above it, the Valkyries greet each other and sing their battle-cry. Apart from the song of the Rhinemaidens in Das Rheingold, it is the only ensemble piece in the first three operas of Wagner's Ring cycle. Outside the opera-house, it is usually heard in a purely instrumental version. A statue from 1908 by Stephan Sinding located in Copenhagen, presents an active image of a valkyrie. ... Sigurd and Brynhilds funeral In Norse mythology, Brynhildr (German: Brünnehilde) was a shieldmaiden and a valkyrie. ... In this illustration from a 17th century Icelandic manuscript, Heimdall is shown guarding the gate of Valhalla. ... The Rhinemaidens The Rhinemaidens (de: Rheintöchter) are protagonists in the four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner. ... Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold) is the first of the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. ... Valkyrie Warrior Maiden by artist Arthur Rackham (1912) Der Ring des Nibelungen, commonly translated into English as The Ring of the Nibelung or The Nibelungs Ring, is a series of four epic music dramas based loosely on figures and elements of Germanic paganism, particularly from the Icelanders sagas and...


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Wilhelm Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813 – February 13, 1883) was an influential German composer, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas.
His music is still widely performed, the best known pieces being the Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre and the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Richard Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries by Nicholas Dixon (Music & Audio) in Classical (203 words)
Richard Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries by Nicholas Dixon (Music & Audio) in Classical
"Ride of the Valkyries" (German: Walkürenritt) is probably the best known piece by Richard Wagner after the Bridal Chorus.
It stands out in part because of its references in popular culture, where it is used to represent stereotypical Grand Opera; as well as being the only ensemble piece in the first three operas of Wagner's Ring cycle.
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