Wagner’s Ring Cycle is often seen as a long, dull tale set in a world of German mythology. The Ring has always had its devoted followers (the instructor included) who find it a fascinating work telling a profoundly moving human story. This class will provide information needed to appreciate the Ring, including its sources, its use of interrelated musical themes, and its spectacular range of orchestral effects. The class is designed both for those largely unfamilar with the Ring and also for those who know it well and want to know more.