Music along the Danube

Ref: C3744408

This course explores the music of the Habsburg Empire, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler and Strauss form the core of the programme, along with a number of less familiar names. We shall examine the fortunes of the Vienna Opera house and the rise of the renowned Musikvereinsaal We shall enjoy and discover operetta, the Viennese song as well as music festivals to the present day.

Course aim

To introduce students to the River Danube within the Habsburg Empire and the composers inspired by the river

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

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

  • Identify the countries through which the River Danube flows.
  • Identify composers inspired by the river and its environment
  • Describe the history of the river and how political changes have affected the region.
  • Identify the influence of the Habsburg family on the development of music

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 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
  • All materials will be provided

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

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

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Music along the Danube

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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