More Things You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music

Ref: C2342627

What does a composer mean when they call a work a symphony? Or a sonata? What is a concerto? In what different ways do oratorios and operas use voices? What exactly is chamber music? We shall listen to a wide range of pieces, from various periods, to find out more about what makes them distinctive from each other. In the final session we shall widen our focus to learn something of how musicians prepare a performance, by having a look at the sort of thing that happens in rehearsals.

Course aim

What's the difference between a symphony and a sonata? How is an oratorio different from an opera? What is a concerto? What puts the 'chamber' in chamber music? Examples from a wide range of music will help us look for some answers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Identify two or more of the genres discussed in the course.
  • Identify two works from each of these genres, and assess how they represent each one.
  • Identify a specific characteristic of each one.
  • Identify ways in which one of these genres evolved over time.

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
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You may wish to bring a folder for handouts, a notepad and pen.

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
  • Suggestions for further reading and the addresses of relevant websites will be included in the handouts for the first session. Relevant broadcasts and related live performances in the area will be brought to students' attention at each session.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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More Things You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music

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