What is the course about?
The aim of the course is to provide students with a greater understanding of Bach's instrumental music. We will look in detail at certain key instrumental works, placing them in an appropriate social and cultural context, and analysing their musical content.
What will we cover?
- biographical information about Bach
- identification of the context for the instrumental music by Bach
- identification of the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of key instrumental works.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the key stages in Bach’s life
- Identify the formal, harmonic and melodic characteristics of key instrumental works by Bach
- Identify the ideas – both musical and non-musical - that influenced Bach.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of music is required but you should have an interest in music and be keen to find out more. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions and engage in class discussions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
Guided listening and watching of audio and audio-visual examples
Class discussion and debate
Listening and reading outside class is encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook and pen.
You may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to the 2019/20 programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.