Italy's Musical Impact

Ref: C2339553

The influence of Italian music, art, literature and landscape on composers from other countries has been huge: English madrigal composers respond to the Italian repertoire; Monteverdi and Gabrieli influence German composers such as Schütz; Italian opera makes its impact on composers as diverse as Mozart, Chopin and Janáček; Vivaldi’s concertos influence JS Bach, while those of Corelli influence Handel; Liszt and Tchaikovsky respond to Dante; Wolf, Britten, Shostakovich and others set Italian poetry to music; many composers are fascinated by the form of street-theatre known as the Commedia dell’Arte; while Berlioz, Mendelssohn and Elgar are happy just to soak up the atmosphere. Join us to explore just some of this wide-ranging influence.

Course aim

The course aims to explore the influence of Italian culture on composer from other countries

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:

  • describe briefly the influence of three Italian composers on non-Italian composers
  • identify six composers who were influenced by Italian culture in some way
  • assess the significance of those influences
  • assess the response of three composers to Italian art, theatre and/or poetry

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
  • 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
  • You may wish to bring a folder for handouts, a notepad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Suggestions for further reading and the addresses of relevant websites will be included on the handout for each session. Relevant broadcasts and related live performances in the area will be brought to students' attention at each session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Topics for future courses will be discussed and decided in class.

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Italy's Musical Impact


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