The Mighty Handful - 19th Century Russian Composers

Ref: C3744416

This 10 week course will explore the exciting and colourful music of the 'Mighty Handful' group of five Russian late 19th-early 20th century composers (Cui, Balakirev, Mussorgsky, Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov), discovering their diverse characters and works - symphonies, symphonic poems, chamber and piano works, operas and ballet music.

Course aim

This course will explore the diverse, exciting and colourful music of the 'Mighty Handful' group of five Russian late 19th-early 20th century composers.

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 cultural context in 19th century Tsarist Russia from which the "Mighty Handful/Five" and their works spring.
  • identify the diverse personalities, careers and representative compositions of these five distinctive composers.
  • Appreciate more and enjoy listening to the music of the "Mighty Handful/Five" 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 a mid-term 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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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The Mighty Handful - 19th Century Russian Composers

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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