Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's Birth

Ref: C2338089

This course will investigate the revolutionary late 16th century musical style which the innovative composer Claudio Monteverdi developed; marking the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the baroque period. Considerable use of CD sound illustrations will be made. No prior musical knowledge is required.

Course aim

This course celebrates the 450th anniversary since Claudio Monteverdi`s birth, and will investigate his highly innovative musical style, linked with its historical and musical legacy.

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 basic elements bound within music. Recognise the characteristics of Renaissance music and Baroque music.
  • Brief recall of the life and times of C. Monteverdi.
  • Become more familiar with the musical repertoire of C. Monteverdi`s music.
  • Be encouraged to listen to more music composed by C.Monteverdi , live at local concerts , or on radio3 or classic FM etc.
  • Enjoy listening to C.Monteverdi`s music with greater understanding and enjoyment.

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • 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

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Celebrating the 450th Anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's Birth

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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