Music in Miniature

Ref: C2226866

It is tempting to think that great music is that on a large scale - the great symphonies, operas, oratorios etc. However there were composers, such as Chopin and Grieg, who were happier working in short forms and whose music is every bit as masterful. Other composers relaxed after a major work by writing something more succinct. Some music lovers are put off by the term 'chamber music' thinking it suggests music that is very high brow. This course will attempt to show that chamber music was often music written for a few friends to be played purely for fun.

Additional information about this course

Half term break 31/10/2019

Course aim

A course considering small-scale classical music of the last five hundred years - avoiding the great symphonies and grand opera but showing that small can be beautiful.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • demonstrate the different approaches to small-scale music
  • evaluate the way in which composers have used different combinations of instruments
  • explain the different types of styles used by significant composers

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
  • Music examples will be played on recordings or in live performance, introduced by the tutor with opportunity for comment and discussion.

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Music in Miniature


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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