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     Wagner: SIEGFRIED    Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Act I: Forging Song: "Nothung! Nothung!" ... "Blase Balg! Blase die Gluth!"

Jean De Reszke (t), Siegfried

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra--

Walter Damrosch

March 19 (matinee), 1901

[Dated container; Glackens 117.]

Mime has failed to reconstruct Nothung, the sword of Siegfried's father, from the fragments left by Sieglinde, so Siegfried, though unskilled in the smith's trade, undertakes to do it himself. In this portion of the scene, he has shaved the fragments into a powder and is now pumping the bellows to intensify the fire that will melt the powder down. Jean De Reszke cuts the first stanza ("Wild im Walde wuchs ein Baum") of this "Forging Song," skipping to the second (musically, an "ornamented" version of the first). At the end, instead of continuing with Mime's "Er schmiedet das Schwert, und Fafner fällt er. ..." the orchestra comes to a stop on the D minor chord, evidently to provide an opportunity for applause.

[original]

SIEGFRIED

Nothung! Nothung!
Neidliches Schwert!
Was musstest du zerspringen?
Zu spreu nun schuf ich
die scharfe Pracht,
im Tigel brat' ich die Spähne!
Hoho! Hoho! Hohei!
Hohei! Hoiho!
Blase Balg!
Blase die Gluth!

* * *
Des Baumes Kohle,
wie brennt sie kühn;
wie glüht sie hell und hehr!
In springende Funken
sprühet sie auf:
hohei, hoho, hohei!
zerschmilzt mir des Stahles Spreu.
Hoho! Hoho! Hohei!
Hohei! Hoho!
Blase Balg!
Blase die Gluth!

[translation]

SIEGFRIED

Nothung! Nothung!
conquering sword!
Why were you sundered?
Into shreds I've turned
your shining blade,
in the pot I've melted the splinters!
Hoho! Hoho! Hohei!
Hohei! Hoiho!
Bellows, blow!
Brighten the glow!

* * *
The branches' charcoal,
how bravely it burns;
how fierce and fair it glows!
In scattering sparks
it springs in the air:
hohei, hoho, hohei!
and fuses the shattered steel.
Hoho! hoho! Hohei!
Hohei! hoho!
Bellows, blow!
Brighten the glow!


     Wagner: SIEGFRIED    Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2