Gioacchino Rossini: His life, times and music

Ref: C3675782

This course will examine the extraordinary career of Rossini and his melodic music , set in nineteenth century Italy and France; and consider what led to him being known as `The Italian Mozart`. In order to assess G.Rossini`s musical style , the basic elements of music will be explained and discussed. Consideration will also be given to the `backdrop` of political and social circumstances evident during Rossini's lifetime will be explained and discussed.

Course aim

This course will help students to understand the significance of the life times and music of Gioachino Rossini. linked with how his music reflected early nineteenth century Italian musical style.

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:

  • Be able to identify the basic elements found within music.
  • Be able to briefly describe Rossini's life circumstances and contemporary times.
  • Be able to briefly describe G.Rossini`s musical style
  • Have a brief recall of several of G.Rossini`s musical compositions.
  • Be encouraged to listen to more music composed by G.Rossini e.g. at concerts ,on radio3, classic FM radio. etc

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

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
  • Just an enthusiasm to listen to music more carefully.

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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Gioacchino Rossini: His life, times and music


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