is the sister of Fricka, Froh and Donner. Plain character,
if one judges it by the importance and the number of her appearances;
she is one of the essential protagonists for Deryck Cooke.
Like for Loge, her role does not stop at what is shown to
us, nor at what is said about her. The character lives especially
in music. The theme, which is associated to her forms an arc
of a sinuous colour range in its ascending part, and of a
melancholic or fascinated declamation in its descent. Developed
separately, it will establish the theme of love.
theme appears every time that the subject is about beauty,
feminine seduction, ideal of love, aesthetic pondering, associated
generally to the radiant tone of D Major. In the "
Freia's theme appears especially in negative, which assimilates
to the notion of flight. But when Fasolt evokes the sweetness
of the woman, the theme takes accents of an unspeakable longing.
One finds it in the resentful evocation of bliss of the Gods
"Walkyrie", it is the downward part, which dominates; it describes
the love of the twins. In "Siegfried" Freia's theme is at last
completely developed and appears in all its linear purity,
when the hero discovers the summits where sleeps Brünnhilde.
The goddess is unmistakably associated to the notion of pure
beauty, or more exactly amazed admiration for beauty, whether
she is a mountain landscape or the fair hair of a young man
(in fact Walkyrie). Freia gets her importance from her strategic
position in the action of the Ring. She is the only force
who opposes the power of the Lance and the money.
to Fricka, she is source of youth and fertility. The dramaturgic
importance of the goddess contrasts with the modesty of her
appearances, and the passivity of the role, which is granted
is all the more necessary to characterize her by an ethereal
and almost ideal beauty. The irony and the distance of the
stage setting are not justified for this almost Platonic dream
of absolute beauty.
To a certain extent, Wagner has already used them for the role.
There is irony in the words with a double meaning: " Does Freia
really seem to you to be worth this price?" - words pronounced
by the goddess, transformed into a vulgar commodity which one weighs
and which one exchanges. Separation by the vagueness of the themes
that are associated to her (it is very difficult to sing the beginning
of her theme) and as we have already indicated, by its representation
almost exclusively entrusted to music and secondary to the story…