Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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As eras in musical history go, the Baroque was a long one – depending, of course, on just how you define it. This course will attempt to do just that, as well as illustrate the many novelties, innovations and characteristics that justify the terminology. It will look at music of all types from across the entire period (c.1600-1750), the whole of Europe and, indeed, just a little from the ‘New World’.
- An introduction to the music and lives of the main composers of the Baroque period, including – among others – J.S. Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.
- Discussion of the main musical genres of the period, including concerto, sonata and opera.
- Outline of the social and historical contexts in which the composers and music studied in this course worked.
Who is this course for?
Anyone who is interested in music and who would like to know more about the Baroque era (c. 1600–1750).
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of lectures illustrated at the keyboard and through use of CDs and DVDs. From time to time, scores of the music under consideration are made available and, occasionally, historical documentation, the aim being to stimulate students into discussion and debate, and further exploration.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work. This need not be an essay: it can take the form of a course journal, portfolio, presentation, performance, or a class test. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Boyd, Malcolm, Bach (Oxford University Press, new revised edition, 2006)
- Burrows, Donald, Handel (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2012)
- Heller, Wendy, Music in the Baroque (Norton, 2013)
- Talbot, Michael, Vivaldi (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2006)
- Taruskin, Richard, The Oxford History of Western Music: Vol. 2 – Music in the 17th and 18th centuries (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)
What else is on offer?
If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a number of varied and exciting music courses. Please see our Choices Catalogue for further details, or visit our website, www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/ and click on ‘Music’.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.