Brahms & Mahler

Ref: C2226580

While Brahms is usually paired with Bruckner in music studies, here we compare and contrast Brahms - the inheritor of the mantle of Beethoven with Mahler, who effectively creates the programme symphony and who links the 19th century symphonies to 20th century innovators

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 28/10/2019

Course aim

This is a study of the contrasting approaches to classical forms by Brahms and Mahler and their influence on the composers of the early 20th century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • explore the subject of late 19th century symphonists and develop new insights into the ideas that led to progression in the form in the 20th century
  • define and broaden the horizon through the understanding of culture
  • explain the social purpose of the concert symphony in its time and relate to the 21st century enthusiasm for these composers' works
  • participate and engage in debate with the learning community
  • have confidence and understanding along with the skills needed to discuss and fully understand how classical music contributes to contemporary culture

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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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Brahms & Mahler


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