Politics Cannot Be Kept out of Music

Ref: C2227138

This course does not lean towards any specific or ideological political persuasion, but will show, for example, how Tudor composers were obliged to change style depending on whether the monarch was Anglican or Catholic; how Purcell wrote according to the whims of Charles II and how he had to change his style after the King's death. The course will consider Mozart's arguments with Joseph II, Beethoven's arguments with the censor, and demonstrate Verdi's link with the aims of Italian unification. Elgar and his contemporaries felt obliged to write music to lift the spirits during World War 1, and the Nazi and Soviet regimes put enormous pressure on composers to conform.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 19th February.

Course aim

Few composes have avoided political influences. Some ignored them. Some were persecuted or even killed;others collaborated and some rebelled. And somehow they produced some very fine music.

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:

  • explain how composers adapted their styles for political considerations
  • demonstrate how music fitted into a wider socio-political context
  • consider the way politicians have used music to promote their ideas

How will I be taught?

  • A wide range of musical styles in different genres will be heard. Music will be introduced, played on CD and discussion is 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
  • 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
  • Although this course deals with music,the same political influences have been applied to art, literature, theatre, sport etc. - students might wish to consider these

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Politics Cannot Be Kept out of Music

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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