Online Summer Course 2020

Paris 1100-1300

Secular and Sacred Music from the most vibrant and sophisticated city of the Middle Ages

Registration for online summer course 2020

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Due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, the onsite Medieval Music Course of Besalú 2020 has been transformed into an ONLINE summer program. This new course has been created to ensure that we can keep providing the best possible medieval music learning experience taking into consideration the mobility limitations that might still be in place during the month of July in Spain, Europe, and the rest of the world.


In 2020, The International Course of Medieval Music Performance of Besalú will explore the music composed and performed in Paris between 1100 and 1300. This will include trouvère and clerical songs and dances, monophonic and polyphonic conductus, and the great organum of Notre Dame, in addition to the study of vocal and instrumental improvisation in the Parisian style and the specific use of musical instruments in the city and its repertoires.


One Online Course, 5 Options

MMB Online 2020 offers 5 different possibilities of studying medieval Parisian music: 

  • a deep musicological-performative study of medieval Parisian repertoires,
  • a one-on-one study of medieval singing/musical instruments,
  • a combination of the previous two options,
  • a combination of a theoretical-practical class with individual lessons, and
  • a musical instrument making workshop. In four of the options students will participate in at least one Online Performance Project. 

In four of the options students will participate in at least one Online Performance Project.

Course Methodology

  • Survey, discussion, and study of original music sources (from our online library)
  • Study of medieval music theory
  • Examination of medieval notation and different rhythmic theories
  • Poetic-musical analysis of compositions
  • Scrutiny of data extrapolated from music and poetic treatises and iconographic sources
  • Discussion of modern musicological approachesExploration about musical instruments and their role in song
  • Construction of a musical instrument


Manuscript to Performance Course

This course, composed of three different modules and a lecture, concentrates on the study of the medieval Parisian monophonic and polyphonic repertoire and their performance. The different classes are composed of online lessons and tutorials, use of downloadable resources, assignments, and the Online Performance Project: Singing the Viderunt Omnes of Perotin. 



One-on-One Voice/Instrument Lessons

Participants will receive individual lessons on medieval singing or on the instrument of their choice. The classes will be conducted online through video lessons and tutorials. A piece will be coached to be performed in the Online Performance Project: Singing and Playing the Parisian Dance Song. 



Manuscript to Performance + One-on-One Voice/Instrument Lessons

With this package, participants will learn about medieval Parisian repertoires in conjunction with the study of medieval singing or instrument techniques. Students will also participate in the Online Performance Projects: “Singing the Viderunt Omnes of Perotin” and “Singing and Playing the Parisian Dance Song”.



The Monophonic Repertoires of Medieval Paris + One-on-One Voice/Instrument Lessons

This package combines a theoretical-practical class with individual voice or instrument lessons. Participants focusing on singing or an instrument will acquire background on the Parisian monophonic repertoires and their performance practice. Students will also participate in the Online Performance Project: Singing and Playing the Parisian Dance Song.



Musical Instrument Making Workshop

This online workshop gives you the possibility of building in your own workshop or home one of the instruments offered in the course. The options are a 12-string Romanesque harp, 4-string Guittern, or 3-string Vielle. The pre-cut parts of the instrument will be sent to the participant and the instructor will guide the assembly of the instrument through a series of video lessons (both recorded and live) run throughout the month of July 2020.



Dr. Mauricio Molina

Course Director, Music Theory, Percussion

Cristina Alís Raurich

Assistant Director, Portative organ


Raúl Lacilla

Music Theory, Bagpipes, Frestel (Medieval Panpipe)

Jasmina Črnčič

Medieval Vocal Style and Technique

Alejandro Hernández


Martí Beltrán

Citole, Guitern, Psaltery

Claire Piganiol


Asier de Benito

Luthier, Instrument Making Workshop

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