The Romantic Piano Concerto (1825 - 1957)

Ref: C3528600

The Romantic Piano Concerto came into being as an inevitable continuation of the musical legacy of Mozart (1756-91) and Beethoven (1770 - 1827), both of whom were virtuosi in their own right during the Classical Era (c.1750 - c.1820). As Classical Music developed greater emotional capacity through an expansion of the tonal system, so a greater element of virtuosity came into being in the work of Chopin (1810 - 49) and Liszt (1811 - 86) and the fortepiano changed into the pianoforte we know today. Reaching a zenith in the work of Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943), it was thought that after his death Romantic Classical Music had come to an end. I will show you that this is not true at all as we examine Romantic Piano concertos by Shostakovich (1906-75), and English composers George Lloyd (1913-97) and Howard Blake (b.1938), who is most famous for his music for the TV Christmas cartoon "The Snowman".

Course aim

To show the vibrancy and beauty of the Romantic Piano Concerto in the 19th & 20th Centuries and show how Romantic Classical Music is still a strong and growing force in music today.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- 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 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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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, do or bring?

- Nothing else is needed

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 could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course

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The Romantic Piano Concerto (1825 - 1957) Course Outline

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