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Perfect Wagnerite, Commentary the Ring
GB Shaw

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The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on the Niblung's Ring by
by Bernard Shaw 

Preface to the First German Edition 

In reading through this German version of my book in the
Manuscript of my friend Siegfried Trebitsch, I was struck by the
inadequacy of the merely negative explanation given by me of the
irrelevance of Night Falls On The Gods to the general philosophic
scheme of The Ring.  That explanation is correct as far as it
goes; but, put as I put it, it now seems to me to suggest that
the operatic character of Night Falls On The Gods was the result
of indifference or forgetfulness produced by the lapse of
twenty-five years between the first projection of the work and
its completion.  Now it is clear that in whatever other ways

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