Appendix Transcriptions from Wagner's Complete Draft
This Appendix contains transcriptions of selected portions of Wagner Complete Draft (Gesamtentwurf) of Das Rheingold (WWV 86A Musik II). These transcriptions were made in Bayreuth from Wagner's autograph, and are referred to frequently in the text.In making these transcriptions, fidelity to the original was balanced against the need for legibility. In the autograph, the textual underlay is often crowded, unhyphenated, and poorly aligned. The transcription reproduces Wagner's capitalizations and punctuation, but aligns syllables with noteheads and hyphenates where necessary. Wagner's stem directions are rather haphazard, and he always stems to the right of a notehead; the transcription preserves the original stem directions, but stems to the right or left according to normal practice. Non-aligned pitches have been properly aligned according to rhythmic placement within the bar. Incomplete rhythms (usually resulting from missing dots or rests) have been reproduced as written, sometimes accompanied by an editorial 'sic'. All editorial comments and additions, including missing accidentals, are written in square brackets. The symbol indicates an indecipherable notation.The transcription contains all of Wagner's alterations. Simple changes involving crossed-out notes are reproduced as written. More elaborate changes, involving either crossings-out or overwriting, are represented by multiple vertical layers; successive variants are labelled as [A:], [B:], etc.Although the entire draft was transcribed in preparation for this study, there could be no question of reproducing it in its entirety. Each portion contained here was selected because it differs significantly from the final version, and/or affords particular insight into the compositional genesis or structure of the passage. Among those sections reproduced in their entirety are:
Scene 1: the Prelude, the Rhinedaughters' first concerted song, and the Postlude
Scene 2: the entrance of Donner and Froh (Episode 7 complete)
Scene 3: the appearance of the giant serpent
Scene 4: Alberich's curse, Erda's warning (Episode 17 complete), and Donner's conjuration of the storm (Episode 19 complete)

Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, transcription (like analysis) is necessarily an interpretative process. A 'definitive' reading is probably impossible--one more reason why Wagner's autographs should continue to be the object of scholarly investigation.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editor's Preface vii
  • Author's Preface ix
  • Contents xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Structural Outline of Das Rheingold xiv
  • 1 - Preliminaries 1
  • 2 - The Documentary Sources 6
  • 3 - The Forging of the Text 25
  • 4 - Analytical Positions 45
  • 5 - The Opera as a Whole 59
  • 6 - Creatio Ex Nihilo: The Prelude 62
  • 7 - Scene One 87
  • 8 - First Transformation and Scene Two 127
  • 9 - Second Transformation and Scene Three 161
  • 10 - Third Transformation and Scene Four 181
  • II - Summary and Conclusion 215
  • Appendix Transcriptions from Wagner's Complete Draft 220
  • Works Cited 248
  • Index 255
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