Richard Wagner: The Composer and the Ring Cycle


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Perhaps no one in the history of opera has equalled Richard Wagner in his vision and ability to combine the art of poetry, drama and music into one inclusive art form: The music drama. According to Wagner, a revolution in all aspects of the 19th century opera was needed to bring it to new creative heights. With this vision, Wagner created his Ring Cycle, which included four music dramas: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. Wagner not only wrote the poetry and composed the music for these dramas, but also commissioned the construction of special instruments, as well as designed a special theatre for their continued performances. This course will take you on a journey of Wagner, the man, the composer, and the detailed examination of his music dramas of the Ring Cycle. Musical excerpts of these dramas will also be included in the course. No previous musical or opera experience is required.

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