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O. Shapoval

Meaning of angel as an archetyp in the creative work of R. Wagner

The motivation of interactions of Wagnerian characters is comprehended through the prism of the idea of the angelic service, which is considered in the creative work by R. Wagner as an archetype. In this the author of the article follows the theory by K. Jung, who presented Christian images as symbols reflecting the collective unconscious of humanity. The legitimacy of such interpretation of Christian ideas in Wagner’s creative work is determined by his own understanding of the interaction of art and religion (concept of «Kunstreligion»). R. Wagner reveals the archetype of Angel in the creative work in various sense readings. For example, through the prism of the idea of luminosity, which determines the nature of the Angels, their participation in the Divine Light. The idea of angelic service is revealed through the musical and scenic characteristics of the opera characters. At the level of musical semantics the lexeme of the Divine Light is presented in the introduction to the opera «Lohengrin». The light is permeated with the final scenes of all Wagner’s operas, beginning with «Flying Dutchman» and ending with «Parsifal», introducing the idea of Liebestod at the intonational level. In the works by R. Wagner we find the mystery «graphics». The angelic mission is performed by the spiritual mediators – virgins-Angels (Senta, Elizabeth), God’s messengers (Lohengrin, Parsifal), together with the heroes-sinners carrying out the mystery of redemption.

Key words

Angel, mystery «graphics», redemption, archetype, semantics.