The Life, Influences and Music of JS Bach 1685-1750

Ref: C3675309

'The Influences, Career and Musical Development of Johann Sebastian Bach.' JS Bach is 'everyone's composer'. His music is well-known and well-loved, all over the world. How was it that a man who never travelled more than 100 miles from the place of his birth was able to assimilate such a huge range of national musical styles and shape them into the greatest music of the High Baroque? How could a man that endured so much misery write such uplifting, glorious music as 'The Brandenburg Concertos' and 'The Christmas Oratorio'? Is Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (1967) Bach's greatest hit? How could one of the best-known composers of all time have died in poverty? We will look at the life of Bach, the places he lived and worked in, the composers and musicians that influenced him and the ones that he influenced, with particular regard to music of other genres in the twentieth century.

Course aim

To introduce the music of JS Bach and to demonstrate how influential his music has been, over the last 250 years. To analyse Bach's music and to compare and contrast it to that of his contemporaries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Not suitable for those with severe hearing impairments, as there is a listening element to this course.

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

  • identify the sub-genres within the genre of 'Western Art Music',
  • Appreciate the music of Bach and his contemporaries.
  • Recognise the influence of Bach upon composers and musicians in several genres, right up to the present.

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
  • There will be a listening element to this course. Students will be expected to make notes.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • All music will be provided by the tutor. All of those attending this course should bring a pen and notebook with them.

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

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The Life, Influences and Music of JS Bach 1685-1750

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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