Elizabeth to Elizabeth: 400 years in the life of English music

Ref: C2225589

This course examines the developments in English music and the English musical scene during the 400 or so years since the time of Elizabeth I. Our studies will cover a wide range of topics: the Elizabethan renaissance and renaissance instruments; music during the Civil War and the Commonwealth; the Restoration; European visitors; the Victorians; the early 20th century musical renaissance; the later 20th.century up to and including the time of Elizabeth II. Composers featured will include, amongst others: Tallis, Byrd, Purcell, Handel, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Parry, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Walton; Tippett, Britten and Arnold. Each session will examine the compositional processes and musical structures relevant to the period, with numerous audio and video examples for discussion and listening enjoyment, selected from a range of genres, including church music, vocal, choral, orchestral, and film music.

Course aim

To introduce examples of English music from the past 400 years, studying the styles, structures and compositional techniques of a wide range of composers from Byrd to Britten.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Beginners will be introduced to a wide range of English music. Improvers will value the in-depth studies of selected works.

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

  • use informed methods to identify examples of English music in terms of century or period.
  • recognise the more well-known, and some of the lesser-known pieces of English music, both by title and composer.
  • discuss in some depth, the background to, and structure of, at least two 'major' works studied during the course.
  • distinguish between, and describe, the major 'periods' in the development of English music from 1600 to the present day.
  • reflect upon, analyse and share personal reactions to music heard during the course.

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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
  • Pre-reading on composers mentioned in the course description would be useful.

What can I do next?

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

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Elizabeth to Elizabeth: 400 years in the life of English music

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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