The Concerto: A Matter of Dispute?

Ref: C3741190

The concerto is one of the most ancient and durable of musical forms. It emerged in Italy in the mid 17th century and is still going strong today. In that time it has developed in a number of diverse ways - the solo concerto, the concerto grosso and the sinfonia concertante for example - and we shall explore all of these these in some depth, with illustrations from excellent recordings by great instrumentalists of our time. Though the best-knowen examples of the form are for piano or violin, concertos exist for almost every instrument under the sun, and we shall investigate the byways as well as the highways!

Course aim

A historical and stylistic exploration, using copious audio and video examples, of one of the most important and venerable of all musical forms, .

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Identify the various types of concerto.
  • Describe the stylistic development of the form from one era to the next.
  • Discuss how composers exploit the special qualities of different instruments.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the sometimes complex formal stucture of the concerto..

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
  • The tutor will recommend some music listening assignments from one week to the next

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Michael Steinberg's 'The Concerto: a listener's guide' is a very useful book.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

The Concerto: A Matter of Dispute? 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
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  • 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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