Berlioz and the Grand Design

Ref: C2224347

The course will reveal the complex literary and spiritual background to his work and account for the liberation that the aural imagination can give to one who is not a natural pianist. So we will cover the debt to Beethoven, the development of the idea of the idee fixe, the application of new approaches to classical genres, his love of public spectacle and his use of the Grand Design.

Course aim

this is a study of the work of Berlioz - a composer critical to the furthering of the Romantic movement

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify Berlioz' work in the repertoire of the mid 19th century
  • Demonstrate the craft of one using inherited classical forms in a unique way
  • Recognise his literary inspiration - Shakespeare, Goethe, Byron
  • Discuss his ability as a narrator - using the programme as a scheme for Grand design

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Berlioz and the Grand Design


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