July 2017 – Pilgrimage

Courses and workshops designed to immerse you in the world of medieval music performance


Liturgical Chant (July 8-9)
Manuscript to Performance (July 11-15)
Voices & Instruments (July 18-22)
Instrument Making (July 16-17)
Pythagorean Tuning (July 17)
Pilgrimage Hike (July 16)

Besalú in July:
The Medieval Music Campus

Making music in one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in Catalonia (Spain)

Registration for 2017 is now open
Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.

In 2017, the Medieval Music Course of Besalú is dedicated to the music of the medieval pilgrimage. The varied medieval music courses and workshops will explore the context, composition, and performance of repertoires associated to its people, its routes, and its major destinations. The courses and workshops can be taken individually or in packages.

Manuscript to Performance
Materializing the Pilgrimage Song

Pilgrim - medieval music course(July 11-15)
Study of the context of medieval pilgrimage, and performance study of music from the Codex Calixtinus and the Llibre vermell of Montserrat.

Voices & Instruments
O Roma nobilis: Music
on the Pilgrimage Routes

Medieval voices and instruments - medieval music course(July 18-22)
Study and performance of medieval Pilgrimage Music from Rome, Conques, Sta. María de Salas, Limoges, and Canterbury (11th-13th centuries) on voices and instruments.

Liturgical Chant
The Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (Templars)

Medieval liturgical drama - medieval music course(July 8-9)
Performance of the music contained in the oldest musical manuscript (12th century) preserved from the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Developing the Medieval Ear
Pythagorean Tuning

Boethius - medieval music course(July 17)
For singers and instrumentalists to work on Pythagorean tuning in the context of monophonic and polyphonic music.

Instrument Making Workshop
Making a Romanesque Frestel  (panpipe)

Frestel - medieval music course(July 16-17)

Reconstruction of a 12th-century panpipe following archeological specimens and iconography from the cathedral of Chartres.

Special Activity
Musical Pilgrimage Hike
to the Churches of Palera

Palera - medieval music course(July 16)
A short hike to the 11th-century churches of Santa Maria and the Monastery of Sant Sepulcre de Palera and performance of pieces.

Medieval Music Besalú: An Immersion Course on Medieval Music Performance in a Medieval Town Setting.

What students say about the course.


Highlights from the 2014 course.

Interviews and performances from the 2013 International Course on Medieval Music Performance in Besalú.


Medieval Music Course of Besalú: Interviews and performances on JLTV (Los Angeles).




Dr. Mauricio Molina

Dr. Mauricio Molina Course director, Music theory, Medieval Ensemble, Frame Drums, Manuscript to Performance

Dr. Mauricio Molina is a historical musicologist and ...

Cristina Alís Raurich

Cristina Alís Raurich Assistant Director, Portative organ, Manuscript to Performance, Pythagorean Tuning

After receiving the master diplomas on piano, medieval ...

Juan Carlos Asensio Palacios

Juan Carlos Asensio Palacios Manuscript to Performance

Juan Carlos Asensio Palacios studied Chant and ...

Marcel Pérès

Marcel Pérès Liturgical Chant

Marcel Pérès is the founder and director of the ...

Dr. Meritxell Martín i Pardo

Dr. Meritxell Martín i Pardo Manuscript to Performance

Meritxell Martín i Pardo studied Philosophy at the ...

Dr. Gisèle Clément

Dr. Gisèle Clément Manuscript to Performance

Dr. Gisele Clement has been a Senior Lecturer in ...

José Pizarro

José Pizarro Voice, Officium in mane

José Pizarro is considered at the present one of the ...

Lorena García

Lorena García Voice

The soprano and researcher Lorena García studied ...

Alejandro Hernández

Alejandro Hernández Vielle, rebec

Alejandro Tonatiuh Hernandez studied modern violin at ...

Martí Beltrán

Martí Beltrán Citole, Guitern, Musical-Pilgrimage Hike Lecturer

Martí Beltrán is an early music performer, ...

Claire Piganiol

Claire Piganiol Harp

Claire Piganiol is a harp player who specializes in ...

Raúl Lacilla

Raúl Lacilla Bagpipes, Frestel (Medieval Panpipe), Online Library

Raúl Lacilla Crespo is a virtuoso bagpipe player with ...

Octavio Beltrán

Octavio Beltrán Coordination, assistant of the percussion program

Octavio Beltrán studied composition at the ...

Gonzalo Pieters

Gonzalo Pieters Medieval Panpipe Workshop Luthier

Gonzalo Pieters studied at the prestigious Cremonese ...