Wagner: exploring The Ring Cycle

Course Dates: 17/09/20 - 26/11/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:40
Location: Online
Karen Betley

‘Numerous musical beauties reign in the [Ring des] Nibelungen with a magical power to which we willingly and thankfully yield ourselves capture’. So wrote the critic Hanslick after the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Come and join us as we uncover those ‘musical beauties’ within the Ring. Scheduled break week: 29 Oct 2020.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The course aims to provide students with a greater understanding and appreciation of Wagner’s Ring – both the ideas that lie behind the work and the ideas contained within.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The course will focus on each part of the Ring cycle, placing them in their appropriate context, historically and musically, and analysing them in terms of their philosophical and musical content.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- a greater understanding of the Ring’s context – both in terms of Wagner’s life and in a wider historical sense
- an understanding of the ideas – both philosophical and musical – contained within the Ring
- an understanding of the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of each part of the Ring.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge of music is required but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions and engage in class discussions in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an online course:
Sessions will be held via video-conference (google meets) and comprise combinations of lecture, discussion, quizzes, guided listening, video and score study. Course materials (handouts, scores, links to online videos) will be shared via google classroom.
You will be encouraged to do extra reading outside class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a good internet connection and a computer with microphone & webcam. If using a tablet it will need a screen large enough for you to comfortably view the class handouts.
You may also wish to purchase some of the music books or recordings discussed in class, links to these materials will be available online after each session.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

To find out more about music history classes Music history courses in London and online which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.


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This was a brilliant course for anyone wanting to know more about Wagner's Ring. Entertaining and erudite and covering the background and structure of the operas. Highly recommended.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/03/2019)
If you have ever wanted to understand how the Ring's Music, Drama and Philosophy work to reveal an ethereal world, this course on the Ring Cycle is an absolute must. Thoroughly recommended.
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Review by Simon E / (Posted on 15/03/2019)
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/12/2018)
Go for it. You couldn’t hope for a better introduction to The Ring, and the teaching is outstanding
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/12/2018)
The tutor is brilliant, full of enthusiasm and a great communicator. It can get a bit complicated at times but you don't have to understand every detail to be inspired by the course and enjoy every minute of it.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2018)
You will learn new things even if you have been to The Ring many times.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/11/2018)
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Course Code: MD600

Full Thu, day, 17 Sep - 26 Nov '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £167.00
Concession: £127.00

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