Wagner's Ring Cycle

Course Dates: 20/09/22 - 29/11/22
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Location: Keeley Street
‘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. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
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Course Code: MD604

Started Tue, day, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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.

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?

This course is designed as an overview for both beginners and enthusiasts. However, we will look at some music manuscripts and learn to identify key features of music notation (how many voices are singing, etc…) so this course will be most suitable for those who are curious and ambitious to learn.

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

- Sessions will 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 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.

Karen Betley

Karen Betley is a clarinettist and music historian, she studied at Goldsmiths university and has taught wind instruments and music history at both Morley College and City Lit whilst performing with her own chamber music ensemble. At City Lit she teaches the ever-popular Exploring Classical Music class and also the Wind ensemble. In 2017 Karen was awarded the Teacher of the Year prize by Lulu on behalf of City Lit.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.