Day School: Music Appreciation - Sussex Composers

Ref: C3740258

From Eastbourne to Chichester, various composers have been inspired by the Sussex landscape or composed other types of works whilst living in this County. We will survey the music they produced.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

This Afternoon Course will explore the rich history of composers working and living in Sussex from the 16th century to today.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Weelkes and John Marsh in Chichester will contrast with Eric Coates, John Ireland, Arnold Bax in their locations and with Frank Bridge and Cyril Scott at the other end of the County.

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. Develop a wider knowledge of Sussex composers and their works and explain your preferences. 2. critically appraise the effect of landscape on some of their compositions.

How will I know I'm making progress?

During the afternoon, their will be opportunities to ask questions and more informal contact in tea breaks.

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

No materials are necessary.

Reading and information sources

No preparation is necessary but SUSSEX MUSIC by Marcus Weeks in the Sussex Guide series (Snake River Press) may be useful.

What could the course lead to?

The book SUSSEX MUSIC could be used as a guide to explore the County and its composers- even visiting the places in which they lived.

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Day School: Music Appreciation - Sussex Composers Course Outline


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