Elgar: The Man and Musician

Ref: C3741509

This 10-week course will survey Elgar's musical career as the most significant English composer of his day, exploring his most celebrated works, including the oratorio "Dream of Gerontius", his two symphonies, the violin and cello concertos, and his chamber works.

Course aim

This course will survey the unfolding of Elgar's musical career as the most significant English composer of his day, exploring his most celebrated works, including the oratorio "Dream of Gerontius".

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:

  • Identify Elgar's own musical style within the context of early 20th century Western music in transition.
  • Identify the unique combination of 'imperial' and 'pastoral' within Elgar's musical personality as encapsulated in selected works.
  • Appreciate more and enjoy listening to Elgar's music utilising the knowledge gained on this course and discuss your views in class.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Online Reference Library resources (see: Kent Libraries online website: "Online Reference Library" > "Arts and Music"): Naxos Music Library (an extensive online collection of music recordings)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Elgar: The Man and Musician Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

You can 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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