English Classical Music - Part 1 - Introduction to Vaughan-Williams

Ref: C3842668

“English Music” is a vast subject, and has implications across the Arts. We will begin a survey of this subject with an introduction to the music of Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872-1958), that most “English” of classical composers, looking at how the English landscape and the music that came from it influenced his view of life and the music inspired by it.

Course aim

To introduce the music of Vaughan-Williams and begin to discuss what “English Music” means.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for anybody with a love for and curiosity about Classical Music. No skills are needed.

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

  • Begin to understand the cultural currents that have evolved the Arts in England up to the late 19th century
  • Begin to understand the nature of what constitutes “English Music”.
  • Begin to understand the effect of the landscape on mood and artistic inspiration.
  • 4. Begin to question the effect that music has on the wider world.

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
  • Presentation and discussion, with students encouraged to do research on their own outside of class time. Discussion of the results of such research in class time will be encouraged.

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 no assessment. Progress will be judged individually from discussion, which will gauge how far students have progressed in their understanding of the issues raised by the course.

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring a notebook, a pen, a listening ear and an open mind.

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
  • Further music courses with the WEA or OU Foundation Courses in Humanities.

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English Classical Music - Part 1 - Introduction to Vaughan-Williams

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