Day School: Love's Embers Composers During the Great War

Ref: C3741534

The First World War was a watershed in terms of cultural matters. The nature of the conflict meant that a world-view encompassing such cataclysmic events replaced the perceived certainties of the years immediately preceding it. Composers including George Butterworth were tragic victims of the fighting, while the output of Elgar and Vaughan WiIliams demonstrated contrasting paths that were taken by those who survived. The music of many other figures, some well-known and others now sadly almost forgotten will provide Learners with poignant and stirring examples of how art can reflect and even ennoble such conflicts.

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

We shall be examining music who died during the War, and those who survived but whose lives were changed altered as a result. Their contributions will be assessed in terms of actual achievement, and the tragedy of promising careers cut short.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • An interest in history and how cultural matters both reflect and enlarge our perception of the past would be an advantage.

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

  • Evaluate the contribution of composers whose lives were cut short by the Great War, eg. George Butterworth.
  • Evaluate the contribution made by composers who survived the War, eg Edward Elgar
  • Identify key works that reflect experiences of the War, eg. Vaughan Williams` Pastoral` Symphony.

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
  • There will be many listening examples on CD and other media where appropriate.

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
  • Some knowledge of the main wevents of the Great War would be useful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Learners will be able to listen to music on Cds or in concerts by composers including Elgar, Vaughan Willams, Holst and Ivor Gurney with renewed knowledge and a greater awareness of the context in which this music was written.

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Day School: Love's Embers Composers During the Great War 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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