Wagner's Ring

Subject MUSI20159 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Any level 1 Music subject or permission of the coordinator



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)
E: 13melb@unimelb.edu.au

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre

Contact: www.vcam.unimelb.edu.au/contact
Web: www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

A study of the dramatic and musical ideas governing Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as Wagner's development as a music dramatist, and his place in 19th-century musical history.


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • identify the principal musical motifs and ideas of Wagner’s Ring;
  • communicate a specific knowledge of Wagner’s place in music history;
  • undertake independently a critical study of 19th-century opera.

Four listening tests of fifteen minutes each, in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12 (20%); ritten project of 2000 words due end of semester (50%); seminar paper of 1500 words as assigned during the semester (30%)

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be available for purchase from the bookroom before the start of semester. All students need to arrange listening access to a recording of the complete work.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • make critical, informed and sophisticated responses to new ideas, methodologies and theoretical frameworks in the study of music;
  • write and communicate their ideas in a scholarly manner;
  • demonstrate an openness to new ideas;
  • write in a scholarly manner appropriate to the discipline.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Academic Electives
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects

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