Medieval Music History and Performance II (1150-1300)

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

After a period of great development (9th-12th centuries) when Gregorian chant was codified and implement throughout the West, music notations and theories of mode were first developed, new types of compositions and polyphonic settings were welcomed into the liturgy, and syllable counting became the norm for song composition, music took a rapid turn around 1150.  At this point, a new wave of musical composition took center stage, not in monasteries, but in courts, cathedrals, and cities thanks to the creative genius of troubadours, trouvères, and clerics, many of whom composed both in monophonic and polyphonic styles. From 1150 up to 1300, we will see the blossoming of the secular song and the development of a lay music vocabulary which includes what is known as the formes fixes, the creation of majestic polyphonic compositions such as the organum, the conductus and the motet, and the development of precise notational systems (modal, mensural, and Franconian). This period sets the basis of what we can identify as the early Renaissance. 

In this theoretical-practical course, participants will:


Study the central repertoires and styles created between 1150 and 1300 in Western Europe


Discuss their primary social and cultural contexts


Analyze their different compositional developments


Learn to read their different music notations


Explore and apply the conventional performance practices of each repertoire

Dr. Mauricio MolinaDr. Mauricio Molina



Raul LacillaRaúl Lacilla






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



Price 1.5 creds

1.5 credit ECTS: 320€


English - Spanish


Session 1 | The Rise of the Secular Song in Vernacular Languages: Troubadours and Trouvères

Session 2 | Monophonic Repertoires of the 13th Century: Conductus, Sequence, Lai, Dance Songs

Session 3 | The Polyphonic Conductus 

Session 4 | The Ars Antiqua Motet

Session 5 | Organum of Notre Dame

Session 6 | The Polyphonic Song

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

    • 6 tutorial videos of 20-35 minutes each (total 3.5 hours)
    • 6 recorded lectures of 45 minute each (total 4.5 hours)
    • 3 biweekly live Q&A sessions of 1hour and 15 minutes each (total 3.5 hours) conducted through the course. The sessions will be recorded so that students can access them at any time.
    • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

    • The course is self-paced.
    • The majority of pre-recorded video lessons, lectures, and study materials will be posted on the first day of the term.
    • Students will have access to all session and their materials until the last day of the term.
    • The student workload to review the materials and complete the assignments is approximately 6.25 hours per session
    • There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments
    • Homework will be accepted until a week before the end of the term
    • 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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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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