Day School: Vienna 1781-1910 Symphony, Song and Stage

Ref: C2225992

For almost 200 years from the middle of the 18th century, Vienna was recognised as a major hub of western classical music development. At one time or another, the majority of the ‘great classical’ composers worked or lived in the city. During this day course we will listen to, discuss, and study a selection of music from these composers, including, amongst others, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Mahler, the Strauss family, The day will be structured into three parts: (i) the development of the symphony from Mozart to Mahler; (ii) the importance of the song (lied) in Viennese musical life - which will include a ‘live’ recital of Lieder by baritone Richard Hodgson with Peter Goodwin at the piano; (iii) stage and dance music in Vienna duruing this period.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to three of the important musical strands in the life of Vienna as a centre of musical excellence during the years 1781 - 1910. Symphony, song,stage.and dance.

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:

  • discuss how the symphony developed in Vienna and describe one of the works studied in some depth.
  • name at least five Lieder by Schubert, Mozart or Brahms, and explain the relationship between voice and piano in this song form.
  • describe examples of opera by Mozart and Beethoven, and differentiate between 'opera seria' and 'opera buffa'.
  • discuss the Strauss dynasty and give examples of stage and dance music.

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

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
  • 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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Day School: Vienna 1781-1910 Symphony, Song and Stage

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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