The Life and Music of JS Bach: 1685-1750

Ref: C3676044

An investigation and appreciation of the music of JS Bach. This includes the music of composers that influenced Bach and composers that, in turn, were influenced by Bach. Much of Bach’s life is a mystery, but there are certain events in his life that are fascinating. How did such an unhappy time in Bach’s life result in him composing some of the most uplifting and beautiful music, ever? In addition, we shall look at how Bach’s music influenced the music of other genres, too, such as ‘pop’ and jazz. We will listen to and discuss Bach’s cantatas, keyboard music and orchestral compositions, in relation to Bach’s personal and private life. We will also look at the lives and works of the composers that influence the great man.

Course aim

An introduction to the life, music and influences of JS Bach (1685-1750). Bach's music is well-known and well-loved, worldwide. We will analyse and discuss Bach's music to understand its importance in the Baroque genre and beyond.

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:

  • Identify and describe music of various genres.
  • Appreciate how Bach's music influenced other composers and performers.
  • Understand about culture and society in the eighteenth century.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a notebook and a pencil/pen to all sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The Life and Music of JS Bach: 1685-1750


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