Wagner Ten Little Pieces


Wagner

Series about classical music. Christopher Eccleston goes in search of the story behind Richard Wagner's dramatic Ride of the Valkyries.


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This is music from some of the biggest battles of all.

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METALLIC TINKLE

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Battles like hope versus despair, good versus evil...

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Life versus death.

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MUSIC: Ride Of The Valkyries by Richard Wagner

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And when Death's around, his cavalry are never far behind.

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Norse legend tells of warrior women

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who searched the battleground for heroic soldiers.

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The souls they want, they take away to guard Valhalla,

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home of the gods.

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These are grim reapers on horseback.

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They have a name...

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..Valkyries!

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This is the sound of the Valkyries, a musical stampede

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full of flying, galloping rhythms and a run-for-your-life fanfare.

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And the Valkyries' main theme, or leitmotif, is just one of the

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ingredients in a musical blockbuster by German composer Richard Wagner.

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For his story, Wagner raided all his favourite folklore

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and assembled a cast of gods, goddesses, dwarfs...

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and dragon-slayers.

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All of them caught up in a battle to possess a ring,

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a ring that has power over all of mankind.

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I think it might be time to pass this on.

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MUSIC: Ride Of The Valkyries by Richard Wagner

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Christopher Eccleston goes in search of the story behind Richard Wagner's dramatic Ride of the Valkyries, involving winged warriors on horseback and a mysterious ring. The BBC Philharmonic and members of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain perform in an atmospheric Manchester warehouse, with young conductor Alpesh Chauhan.


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