Wagner: Magic Fire music
THU 1 OCT
PIANO ∙ KAUSIKAN RAJESHKUMAR
OPERA NORTH’S RING CYCLE
In the closing bars of the four hours of Die Walküre, Wotan protects his beloved daughter Brunnhilde in a circle of perpetual flame. She will sleep until a fitting hero wakes her.
It is Siegfried. He kisses her, they fall in love and renounce the world of the gods. They hail “light-bringing love, and laughing death”.
Louis Brassin (1840 –1884) was a Belgian pianist, composer and music educator, and is best known for this piano transcription.
At the age of seven, Brassin entered the Leipzig Conservatory as a pupil of Ignaz Moscheles. His career mixed concerts with teaching. He taught at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin – succeeding Hans von Bülow, Brussels Conservatoire and the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.
Brassin died in St Petersburg in 1884, aged 43.