These works are based loosely on characters from the Norse sagas, and are translated here into English by Margaret Armour. This book includes: The Rhinegold - the prelude, and, The Valkyrie - the first day of the trilogy. Initially establishing his reputation as a romantic composer, Wagner revolutionized opera through his concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), by which he sought to synthesize the poetic, visual, musical and dramatic arts. This edition of THE RHINEGOLD & THE VALKYRIE is heightened by Arthur Rackham's dazzling colour illustrations. One of the most celebrated illustrators of the period, Rackham's artistry is rivalled only by Edmund Dulac, Harry Clarke, Willy Pogany and Kay Nielsen. Throughout his career, Rackham developed a unique style, combining haunting humour with dream-like romance. Presented alongside the text, his illustrations further refine and elucidate Wagner's captivating storytelling. A VG++ copy of a ravishingly illustrated book.