Brahms: The Unromantic Composer

Ref: C3125669

"Brahms The Unromantic Composer. Brahms had little time for fads and was regarded as a traditionalist. Although it is true that his music is free from gimmicks and fanciful associations, Brahms still fills the Concert halls. This one day course attempts to throw light on his standing in the world of classical music. His output was considerable but today we will restrict ourselves to the four concertos and the chamber music."

Course aim

To gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation of Brahms's compositional skills and technique through studying the four concertos and selected chamber 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:

  • Know more about the musical style of Brahms and his life.
  • Appreciate the historical and cultural context of the composer's world in 19th century Germany
  • Gain an understanding of Brahms' chamber music and his orchestral compositions, particularly the concertos.
  • Get to know more about instrumental techniques and the physical demands on the performers.

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

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 be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Brahms: The Unromantic Composer


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