Day School: Viennese Chamber Music

Ref: C3741342

We shall be listening to and exploring the Chamber Music examples composed by the four greatest composers working in Vienna in the late 18th and early 19th centuries: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. We shall be featuring string quartets, quintets and trios, tracing the development of each genre as well as reflecting the changing nature of the social conditions that inspired the selected examples. Performances will be on CDs and DVDs, with opportunity for detailed analysis and discussion.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

The Chamber Music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert represents one of the crowning achievements of the Classical era. Join us for an in-depth exploration of a series of masterpieces, including both familiar and less well-known works

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course will be of especial interest to music-lovers, performers, and those with an interest in cultural and social history.

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

  • Explain how the standard forms of chamber music (trios, quartets and quintets) developed in Vienna from 1750 to 1830.
  • Explain how these forms were developed by the four featured composers: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.
  • Recognise key works by these composers, e.g Haydn`s `Lark` Quartet, Mozart`s Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven`s last quartets and Schubert`s `Trout` quintet.

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Previous knowledge of the repertoire is not required, but it would be helpful to be familiar with music by the four composers we will be considering during the day.

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?

  • Learners will be in a position to listen to examples of Viennese Chamber Music and attend concerts of this music with fresh insights, based on newly-acquired knowledge and further listening experiences.

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Day School: Viennese Chamber Music

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