Music Appreciation

Ref: C2225413

The Bachs to Beethoven: J.S.Bach was the high point of a musical dynasty, but the music of some of his sons also deserves a hearing and the course will show how they built on the styles of their father and how music developed into the Rococo style. This in turn was further developed by Mozart and Haydn and the course will consider the development of the concerto, the symphony and opera as well as exploring the beauties of their chamber music. The course will also deal with the revolutionary style of Beethoven and how his politics and hisc deafness changed the whole approach to composition.

Course aim

The Bachs to Beethoven: a consideration of music between 1700 and 1830, including lesser-known members of the Bach family, Haydn, Mozart and others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Differentiate between the various periods of music - Baroque, Rococo, Classical and Romantic
  • Evaluate the rise and fall in popularity of various orchestral instruments
  • Demonstrate the changes and developments of various musical genres

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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?

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

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Music Appreciation


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