Kids Commute - BOOM Week! Tuesday

Oct 9, 2018

Today, we'll hear the exciting "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner.
Credit "Ride of the Valkyries", William T. Maud, 1890

Welcome to Day Two of BOOM Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week we're listening to big, loud, exciting pieces of music!

Today, we take to the viking skies in music from German composer Richard Wagner. We'll ride to battle with the Valkyries, servants of the Norse god Odin. Listen in as they take "roll call" and talk about the soldiers they've collected to take to Valhalla.

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"Ride of the Valkyries"
"Die Walkure"
Richard Wagner
Members of the Bayreuth Festival

Here's today's Kids Commute:


We love this cool, creative interpretation of "Ride of the Valkyries" from the Bayreuth Festival in 1991!

Want to sing along with the Valkyries? Here's the libretto as they do roll call and talk about which soldiers they've chosen for Odin:

Scene One

(The curtain rises. On the summit of a rocky
mountain. On the right a pinewood encloses the
stage. On the left is the entrance to a cave; above this
the rock rises to its highest point. At the back the view
is entirely open; rocks of various heights form a
parapet to the precipice.)

(Occasionally clouds fly past the mountain peak,
as if driven by storm. Gerhilde, Ortlinde, Waltraute
and Schwert leite have ensconced themselves on the
rocky peak above the cave: they are in full armor.)

Gerhilde
(on the highest point, calling toward the
background, where a thick cloud passes)

Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Heiaha! Heiaha!
Helmwige! Here! Guide hither thy horse!

Helmwige
(at the back, offstage)
Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
Heiaha!
(A flash of lightning breaks through a passing
cloud: in the light a Valkyrie on horseback becomes
visible: on her saddle hangs a slain warrior. The
apparition, approach ing the rocky cliff, passes from
left to right.)

 Gerhilde, Waltraute, Schwertleite
(all three
calling to her as she approaches)

Heiaha! Heiaha!
(The cloud with the apparition disappears to the
right behind the wood.)

Ortlinde
(calling toward the wood)
By Ortlinde's filly fasten thy horse:
gladly my grey will graze near thy chestnut!

Waltraute
(calling toward the wood)
Who hangs at thy saddle?

Helmwige
(coming from the wood)
Sintolt, the Hegeling!

Schwertleite
Far from the grey, then, fasten thy
chestnut:
Ortlinde's filly bears Witting, the Irming!

Gerhilde
(coming down lower)
For foes have been ever Sintolt and Wittig!

Ortlinde
(starts up) Heiaha! Heiaha!
The horse attacketh my mare!
(She runs to the wood.)
 Helm., Ger., Schw.
(laughing)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Gerhilde
The heroes' strife makes foes of the
horses!

Helwige
(call back into the wood)
Quiet, Brownie! break not the peace, now.

Waltraute
(on the topmost point, where she has
taken Gerhilde's post as watcher)

Hoioho! Hoioho!
(calling toward the right-hand side of the
background)
Siegrune here! Where sta/ st thou so long?
(She listens toward the right.)

Siegrune
(offstage, from the back on the right)
Work to do!
Are the others all here?

Schwertleite
(calling toward the right-hand side of
the background)

Hojotoho!

Waltraute
(the same)
Hojotoho!

Gerhilde
(the same)
Heiaha!
 Waltraute, Schwertleite
Heiaha!
(Their gestures, as well as a bright light behind the
wood, show that Siegrune has just arrived there.)

Grimgerde
(from the back on the left, offstage)
Hojotoho!

Rossweisse
(from the same place, offstage)
Hojotoho!

Grimgerde, Rossweisse
Heiaha!

Waltraute
(toward the left)
Grimgerd' and Rossweisse!

Gerhilde
(the same)
Together they ride.
(In a bank of clouds, passing from the left, Ross-
weisse and Grimgerde appear, illumined by a flash of
lightning. Both are on horseback, and each carries a
slain warrior on her saddle. Helmwige, Ortlinde and
Siegrune have come out of the wood and wave to the
approaching Rossweisse and Grimgerde from the
edge of the precipice.)

Helm., Ort., Siegr.
We greet you travelers!
Rossweiss' and Grimgerde!

Rossweisse, Grimgerde
(offstage)
Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Heiaha!
(The apparition disappears behind the wood.)
 The other six Valkyries
Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
Heiaha! Heiaha!
Hojotoho! Hojotoho! Heiaha! Heiaha!
Hojotoho! Heiaha! Hojotoho! Heiaha!
Hojotoho! Heiaha! Hojotoho! Heiaha!
Heiaha! Heiaha!

Gerhilde
(calling into the wood)
Leave there in the forest your steeds to graze!

Ortlinde
(likewise calling into the wood)
Lead off the mares afar from each other,
till all our heroes' anger is calmed!

Waltraute, Schwertleite
(laughing)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Gerhilde, Siegrune
(laughing)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Helmwige
The grey has paid for the heroes' anger!

Wal., Schw., Helm., Ger.
(laughing)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Ortlinde, Siegrune
(laughing)
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Rossweisse, Grimgerde
(coming out of the wood)
Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
 The other six Valkyries
Be welcome!
Be welcome!

The eight Valkyries
Be welcome!

Schwertleite
Rode ye valiant ones paired?

Grimgerde
Apart journeyed we,
and met but today.

Rossweisse
Are we all then assembled?
then stay no longer:
to Walhall wend we our way;
Wotan awaiteth the slain.