PLUCKED STRINGS (Fingers) | Level 3 – Advanced

The Harp and Anglo-Norman Repertoire

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

Literary sources and iconography indicate the presence of the harp in the medieval British Isles. The music that has been preserved to this day may be rather scarce, but if offers a great variety of musical styles (as well as languages with the cohabitation of Anglo-Norman, Middle English and Latin) which will allow us to explore different aspects of medieval harp playing.

In this course students will:


Study technique and fingerings in monophonic and polyphonic music


Explore phrasing, ornamentation and improvisation


Work on creating an accompaniment, from drones to simple polyphony


Adapt vocal monophonic and polyphonic music for the harp


Play and create a purely instrumental repertoire

Vincent KiblidisInstructor:
Vincent Kibildis

Claire PiganiolInstructor:
Claire Piganiol



February 19 to June 10, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced




1 credit ECTS: 360€


English - Spanish - French


Level 3 / Advanced


 Musicians with intermediate or advanced technique on the selected instrument and basic knowledge of Medieval music notation.

Access to a medieval or a similar type of harp is necessary. Please check with us.


HarpSession 1 | Playing and Accompanying Anglo-Norman Songs on the Harp

Session 2 | Middle English Songs and Rotas

Session 3 | The Sounds of English Polyphony

Session 4 | Notre-Dame Polyphony in England

Session 5 | Latin Songs in British Sources

Session 6 | Instrumental Repertoire from MS Harley 978

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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