Liszt: The Man and the Musician

Ref: C3744314

This 5-week course will explore the fascinating and complex life of Liszt (1811-1886) whose musical career began as a flamboyant virtuoso and ended as an austere minor cleric. We will explore a representative selection of his virtuosic piano pieces, his symphonies and symphonic poems, and his choral works.

Course aim

This 5-week course will explore the life and representative works of Franz Liszt (1811-86).

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 the development of the 19th.c Romantic musical style; and Liszt's own particular expression of this stylistic development.
  • identify the main compositions that most deeply encapsulate Liszt's developing personality and musical style.
  • appreciate more and enjoy listening to Liszt's music with a more discerning 'ear'; and discuss its features in class utilising the knowledge gained on this course.

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
  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • There will be an informal mid-course progress review. At the end of the course Student Learning Record forms will be completed by students; and a final tutor assessment of achievement of learning outcomes.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Online Library resources (see: Kent Libraries online website: go to: "Computers and Online Research"; then: "reference and research"; then: "Art and Music"): Naxos Music Library (an extensive online collection of music recordings) Oxford Music Online (a collection of music dictionaries)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Liszt: The Man and the Musician

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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