Romanticism in Music

Ref: C2338114

Romanticism in Music - we will learn about the 19th century Romantic period of music and compare and contrast the more traditionally classical romantics (for example Mendelssohn, Spohr, Schumann, and Brahms) with the more progressive romantic composers (for example Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner, and Bruckner) whose pursuit of a more dramatically passionate music lead to increased chromaticism and harmonic exploration. Discussions will be based around the lives and compositions of the musicians and composers and how the Romantic movement developed into two opposing factions with contrasting stylistic preferences.

Course aim

To explore the 19th century Romantic period of music and compare and contrast the more traditionally classical romantics with the more progressive romantic composers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students are invited to listen to, to appreciate and to embrace a wide range of classical music in different styles and to discuss their responses with others in the class.

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

  • Use their knowledge and learning to appreciate and enjoy music by Romantic composers
  • Identify pieces of music in different styles and by different composers
  • Use their listening skills to recognise, with perception and understanding, different elements and features of music
  • Discuss with others their responses to music by Romantic composers
  • Demonstrate an ability to embrace and evaluate musical compositions in their historical context

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Participants will be encouraged to listen at home to selected works by the Romantic composers featured in the course sessions. Some students may want to undertake a voluntary presentation during the course.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook and pen to take notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students may find this Reading list helpful: Music in 1853, by Hugh MacDonald The life of Berlioz, by Peter Bloom Brahms, by Jeremy Siepmann Nineteenth-Century Romanticism in Music, second edition, by Rey M.Longyear

What can I do next?

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Romanticism in Music Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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