Legends, Fairytales and Traditions

Ref: C2419109

This course aims to look first and foremost at story-telling - but story-telling in music rather than in words. We will set out to examine some of the world's greatest myths, legends, fairy-tales and plots from literature, and then see just how they have impacted on the world of Western Classical music. This will certainly involve looking at opera, ballet, songs and other types of concert music, to try and reach a better understanding of just how the famous - and not-so-famous - composers have used this rich heritage of tales in their work. This course is intended for music-lovers of all ages and levels of understanding.

Course aim

This course will look at the rich heritage of myths, legends, folk-tales and stories from world literature, and seek to examine just how they have impacted on the development of music.

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:

  • Have a better understanding of the rich variety of Western Classical music.
  • Have a greater appreciation of the range of composers who have contributed to its development.
  • Have a deeper knowledge of various cultural contexts as expressed through their stories and traditions.

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Legends, Fairytales and Traditions


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