S20C20 The Myth and Music of Richard Wagner's "The Ring of Nibelung"
Dates: June 23 - July 23, 2020
Meets: Tu and Th from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: James Madison University
Registration Fee: $99.00
Please note: this course requires membership in Lifelong Learning Institute Membership 2019-2020
What is The Ring? In one sentence, it is: "a German Romantic view of Norse and Teutonic myth influenced by Greek tragedy and a sense of destiny, told with a sociopolitical deconstruction of contemporary society, a psychological study of motivation and action, and a blueprint for a new approach to music and theater." (from Wagner without Fear, by William Berger)
Everything that can be said about a work of art has been said about the Ring saga. Like any truly great work of art, it has as many meanings as there are people to interpret. It has been seen as a justification for governments and a condemnation of them. It speaks to traditionalist and forward-thinkers. It is distinctively German and profoundly pan-national. It is the basis of most analyses of Wagner, and the most "conceptualized" theater piece in history. It provides a lifetime of study for musicologists and thrilling entertainment for the tone-deaf. It is an adventure for all who approach it.
This new experimental format includes 35 hours of intensive study spread across 10 sessions. Lunch breaks are included and students are to bring their own to eat onsite.
Paul Hildebrand is a recently-retired professor of Theatre and Communication. He currently is an adjunct instructor at the Shenandoah Valley Governor's School, teaching a survey course in Western Culture for juniors, and Intro to Communication for seniors. He has been a passionate Wagnerian since he was a young teenager, and has led guided journeys through the RING over many years for people young and old.
Additional requirement: Purchase (on your own) "Volsunga Saga" available from Amazon for $7-$9. You should also purchase M. Owen Lee's "Wagner's Ring: Turning the Sky Round" Order at least 2 - 3 weeks in advance of course start.
Volsunga Saga link: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=volsunga+saga&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
Wagner's Ring: Turning the Sky Round link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0879101865/?coliid=I30WWIEKQTM7NK&colid=QAIGMA8VTL5F&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
Tuesday & Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Week 1 - June 23 & June 25
Week 2 - June 30 & July 2
Week 3 - July 7 & July 9
Week 4 - July 14 & July 16
Week 5 - July 21 & July 23
|Course Fee (Basic)||Registration Fee||$ 99.00|
James Madison UniversityMore details regarding location will be sent in orientation/welcome email.
|06/23/2020||Tuesday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|06/25/2020||Thursday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|06/30/2020||Tuesday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/02/2020||Thursday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/07/2020||Tuesday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/09/2020||Thursday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/14/2020||Tuesday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/16/2020||Thursday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/21/2020||Tuesday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|
|07/23/2020||Thursday||10:30 AM to 2:30 PM||James Madison University|