WIND INSTRUMENTS | Level 2 – intermediate

Bagpipe/Pipe & Tabor: A grant piperie – Dance Music for Wind Instruments

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

The pastoral world was particularly interesting to Old French writers. As a sign of their fascination, these writers often place themselves in fictional tales interacting with shepherds and shepherdesses. The Old-French pastourelle, particularly popular during the 13th century, made use of certain features of what has been called the style popularisant: use of refrains, characters being called by their common names (Robin and Marot among others), use of senseless words (civalala, duri), etc. Besides all these features, the Old-French pastourelle was a canvas in which wind instruments were often portayed. Their inclusion helped defining the genre as much as the aforesaid features. This fact indicates to us the strong connection, if only symbolic, between the idyllic pastoral world of medieval writers, performers, and audiences on the one hand, and bagpipes, pipe & tabor and Panpipes on the other.

In this course students will:


Explore the different types of repertoire that can be associated with wind instruments


Study the connection of particular pieces with the instrument


Study the broader context of these compositions


Prepare the pieces for performance


Expand his/her repertoire and technique

Raul LacillaInstructor:
Raúl Lacilla



Sep 18, 2023 – Jan 15, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced




1 credit ECTS: 360€


English - Spanish


Level 2 / Intermediate


Musicians with intermediate or advanced technique on the selected instrument (or has taken the beginner course) and basic knowledge of Medieval music notation.

Access to a medieval bagpipe or pipe & tabor or related wind instruments is necessary. Please check with us.


BagpipeSession 1 | The pastourelle

Session 2 | Rondellus and rondet de carole

Session 3 | Motet and refrain

Session 4 | Dansas

Session 5 | Estampies and ductias

Session 6 | Sequence and lai

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

    • 6 virtual one-on-one lessons (1 hour each)
    • Recorded introductory lecture or one group live Q&A session (30 min)
    • 6 tutorial videos (10-15 minutes each)
    • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

    • The class dates and times will be scheduled with the instructor.
    • There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments.
    • The student workload to take the lessons, review the materials and practice is approximately 4.25 hours per session.
    • Students taking the course for credit must complete all assignments and class requirements.

Technical Requirements

    • Broadband Internet connection / WIFI

    • External or internal webcam
    • External or internal microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • Possibility of printing downloaded materials
    • Possibility of scanning your assignments
    • Possibility of auto-recording (audio and video)

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Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.

The International Course of Medieval Music Besalú offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility of studying the repertoires of monodic and polyphonic music composed between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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