Music Appreciation: The Romantic Muse

Ref: C3739731

The beauties of 19th century Music continue to be popular. Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin and Tchaikovsky created a much loved repertoire. We will explore "Romantic Muse" and the rich variety of works that were created.

Additional information about this course

*Reading courses bookable from 1st July 2016* Half term: 31/5/2017.

Course aim

Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky are just a few popular composers who developed a new musical style. We will explore what Romantic Music is and why it was created.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Chamber music, Ballet Music, Symphonies, Songs and Piano Music by famous composers will form the main part of the Course.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Identify Romantic or 19th century music. 2. Describe some of the new musical forms or styles that appeared. 3. Describe why the music changed from the previous classical period.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Informal discussions at tea breaks and email discussion may be used to monitor progress or assessment.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

No materials are required.

Reading and information sources

Any biographical information on composers will be useful with possible use of Wikipedia and the Internet.

What could the course lead to?

Radio Broadcasts, live Concerts and CDs could help students progress.

Download full course outline

Music Appreciation: The Romantic Muse Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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