Wagner and His Legacy

Ref: C3744268

Wagner has had an influence far greater than that of any other composer of opera. In his mature operas, Wagner initiated a completely new approach to writing opera. His fertile musical imagination resulted in the monumental work of the Ring cycle, comprising fifteen hours of music over four days. Not content with creating operas, he produced a blueprint for a theatre tailor-made for the performance of operas; this was built at Bayreuth and the annual Festival there is still run by the Wagner family. Even today his operas provoke a lively debate amongst musicologists over their meaning. For better or worse, no other composer can be attributed with such a legacy. This course will present highlights from his life and work which illustrate these themes.

Course aim

Wagner is a composer who divides opinion amongst all opera followers; from the at-home listener and watcher to the media critic. This course aims to inform the debate by presenting details about his life and work which rarely surface in the media.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List the key stages in Wagner’s life.
  • Identify the innovations Wagner brought to opera.
  • Name some of Wagner’s key supporters and collaborators.
  • Relate to the sources from which Wagner created his operas.
  • Identify Wagner’s relationship with German nationalism.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Please feel free to bring along information about your own experiences of watching or listening to Wagner.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Information on relevant books, CD recordings and videos will be given out during the course, as well as information about forthcoming opera performances.

Download full course information sheet

Wagner and His Legacy

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing