ANALYSIS OF THE MUSIC
"The musician reveals to us the hidden spirit of the world, he makes himself the interpreter of the profoundest wisdom, whilst speaking a language which reason does not understand."--SCHOPENHAUER.
THIS chapter is the complement of the preceding and was originally intended to form a part of it. Just as in studying the poems it was impossible for me entirely to avoid speaking of the music, so also it will happen here that I shall sometimes be compelled to refer to the dramatic action in order to show more clearly the exact force of the musical action. This is of little importance if only it makes it clearer.
And first I would remind the reader that the special mission of music, as conceived by Wagner, is to place the spectator in direct communication with the very spirit of the characters, to reveal their most secret thoughts, and to render them transparent, so to speak, to their hearers, who will thus often come to know them better than they know themselves.
The music, then, may often contradict the words, but not the action; if, for example, we are in the presence of a shrewd, false, or subtle person, it reveals his deceit and permits us to grasp the real motive of his actions, unknown to himself.