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Nibelungen March 1st Violin

First violin part from J.C. Mullaly’s take on the Ring. Published in 1880 by Thompson & Odell, held at the Library of Congress. The march modifications of Wagner’s ideas will reward those who take a closer look.

There comes a time in every anniversary year when the candles must be blown out—this year it is a necessity, as 200 candles each for Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi constitute a fire hazard, and the Library does not want to host its own “immolation” scene. But Wotan to your seats—Concerts from the Library of Congress will present one final day of anniversary programming. Capitol-Hillde will be the site of our daytime Wagnerdämmerung events on Saturday, November 23, 2013 (see listings below). They will include a classic documentary about the centennial production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, a talk by acclaimed author Alex Ross about “Black Wagnerism,” and a performance by Margaret Lattimore and Daniel Hobbs of the Wesendonck Lieder.

In the meantime, why not soothe those Wagnerves by streaming another podcast from the Library of Congress? Listen to Nicholas A. BrownDavid H. Plylar and Chloe Veltman as they talk about Wagner’s taste in fabric and other objects of interest from the Library’s collections, including Beethoven’s hair, Scala’s moustache and Copland’s rolodex:


Remaining Wagner + Verdi 200 events:

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 11:00am
Film-screening: The Making of Der Ring des Nibelungen (2005)
Pickford Theater, Madison Building
Free, no tickets required

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 2:00pmNew WSWDC
Wagner in America
Alex Ross, lecturer, “Black Wagnerism”

Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Hobbs, piano

Mozart: “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” (recitative and rondo for soprano), K. 505

Brahms: Ständchen, from Fünf Lieder, op. 106, no. 1
Botschaft, from Fünf Lieder, op. 47, no. 1
Von ewiger Liebe, from Vier Gesänge, op. 43, no. 1
Vergebliches Ständchen, from Romanzen und Lieder, op. 84, no. 4

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91

Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building
Free, tickets required. Advance reservations are full, but RUSH! tickets are available at the door.

Program Booklet

Presented in association with Wagner 200 and The Wagner Society of Washington, DC

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