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Lecture Series I: Introduction to The Ring: The Ring 101

Lecture Series I - Introduction to the Ring: The Ring 101

Friday, April 29, 2016 7:30 PM

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In this introductory lecture, Saul Lilienstein will address elements that are beyond question within the Ring of the Nibelung, such as the merging of opera and symphony, the creation of a new musical technique, and more.

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For almost 150 years, listeners have been deciding for themselves what The Ring of the Nibelung is all about. In this introductory lecture, musicologist Saul Lilienstein addresses those things that are beyond question--the merging of opera and symphony, the expansion of known structures, and the creation of a new musical technique (leitmotif) and poetic methods (stabreim)--that have enabled drama, music, and human psychology to interact and thrill us anew on the operatic stage.

Lecture Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission

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