"Songs of Praise"

Ref: C3125310

Over eight weeks, course members will explore through listening, analysis, activities and group discussion the development of religious choral music. The first session will trace the development of church music from chant and plainsong to Monteverdi's Vespers. The course will move on to focus on Bach's Mass in B minor, and then Handel's Messiah. Haydn's Harmoniemesse and Mozart's Requiem will be examined in the fourth session. Sessions on Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Brahms's German Requiem, and Verdi's Requiem will follow. The final session will be devoted to a study of Britten's War Requiem.

Course aim

To provide an historical, social and cultural context for eight major choral works.

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:

  • Appreciate the forms and conventions a variety of classical composers have used to create music for worship.
  • Respond critically to a range of performances of the major choral works at the centre of the course.
  • Enjoy church music with enhanced understanding in the future.

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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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"Songs of Praise"


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