Great Music in Latin? A Detective Story

Ref: C2224365

The course will outline the reasons why composers today still use a church language of 1000 years ago in their music compositions. Why, in recent centuries did this music (using a dead language) have a hold on the public ? how were the church rituals were separated from the performance of music and why was performance was taken in to the concert hall? Set against the exposition of this back story, there has been a late 20th revival of the latin text music of the Renaissance, but without the church ritual. This will be a detective story with mysteries revealed and wonderful music played.

Course aim

Concert music is still sung in 'church' latin, and more recently in Greek and in old Russian. What is the back story? The course aims to resolve this mystery with many examples from recent music history.

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 the composers who used latin to create long-lasting concert music
  • demonstrate through many examples that this music has a power to communicate despite the strangeness of the text
  • access though selected recorded examples and recent concert programmes music that illustrates that this repertoire in a staple in the 21st century concert programme
  • recognise such material even in daily broadcasts using the criteria laid down in the classes
  • weigh up the influence of such choral music over the centuries even to the present day - all this explained in a 10 week programme

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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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Great Music in Latin? A Detective Story


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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