Exploring the Concerto

Ref: C3741117

Why do composers still write Concertos, carrying on a process that started in the early 18th century? With classic recordings and films we will explore familiar and unfamiliar territory. New light will be shed on Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the stories behind the composers and performers who worked together to show off their skills.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

The aim of the Course is to take a fresh look at the concerto and explore some familiar works to give them new life.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • The learner will be able to develop and use a wider vocabulary of the techniques of composers and performers.
  • The learner will be able to critically appraise and assess how successful a composer is in suiting the needs of a performer- and an audience!
  • The learner will be able to evaluate how the demands on a performer and his instrument are met by the composer.
  • The learner will be able to express how different styles and fashions affect the composer, performer and their audience.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The learner can just listen to recorded or live performances of concertos of their choice to lend focus to the Course.

What can I do next?

  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Learners will be able to consolidate their knowledge from recordings, TV or live performances locally in Lewes, Eastbourne or Brighton.

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Exploring the Concerto 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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