19th and 20th Century Nordic Composers

Ref: C3744237

This 10-week course will chart the rise of the "Northern Lights" of the Nordic national musical traditions which emerged during the 19th and 20th centuries. The diverse composers encountered will include Alfvén, Stenhammar and Rosenberg (Sweden); Nielsen and Ruders (Denmark); Grieg and Svendsen (Norway); and Sibelius and Rautavaara (Finland).

Course aim

This 10-week course will explore the composers and their works who belong to the 19th-20th c. Nordic musical tradition.

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:

  • identify the parallels and differences in the 19th-20th.century Nordic national music traditions.
  • identify representative composers and their works that most fully encapsulate the Nordic spirit in music.
  • appreciate more and enjoy listening to the music of the 19th-20th century Nordic national traditions with a more discerning 'ear'; and discuss its features in class utilising the knowledge gained on this course.

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
  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor.

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 mid-term progress review. At the end of the course Student Learning Record forms will be completed by students; and a final tutor assessment of achievement of learning outcomes.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Online Library resources (see: Kent Libraries online website: go to: "Computers and Online Research"; then: "reference and research"; then: "Art and Music"): Naxos Music Library (an extensive online collection of music recordings) Oxford Music Online (a collection of music dictionaries)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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19th and 20th Century Nordic Composers

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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