Bach and Handel come to town!

Ref: C2225349

While most people are aware of the 'work of Bach as a key figure in the late baroque, we will flesh out this information with the details of the society in which the composer was a 'servant' of various patrons and examine the contrast between brilliant spectacle and quiet meditation in his music for the church liturgy, court entertainments and public concerts and draw comparison with Handel – opera composer and his richer and more famous contemporary

Course aim

to provide an introduction to the world of the late baroque and in particular Bach and Handel and to understand how much the creative arts depended on the patronage of business and church in the great city states of Europe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • explore the subject through the particular perspective of the theme and develop new insights into the ideas and meaning of the work
  • Show through the understanding of culture how you have broaden your horizon
  • Explain the social purpose of the work both for its time and in relation to our own time
  • Participate and engage in debate with the learning community
  • Illustrate with confidence, understanding and skills how to fully understand how classical music contributes to the wider culture of our time

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • 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
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Bach and Handel come to town!


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