Medieval Music History and Performance I (800-1150)

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

The music of the medieval West was comprised of a wide variety of music types, forms, styles, and textures. It included liturgical chant, polyphony, secular and religious monophonic music, and instrumental forms. This music was above all functional and integral to medieval culture: its growth, development, dissemination, and preservation supported and responded to specific social and cultural needs and relations. 

Within a semi-oral culture, medieval music was composed to be performed and its “materialization” was conducted following the combination of specific conventional practices. Because of its high functionality and absolute performative character, a thorough study of medieval music history requires the placement of social interactions and performance practices at the center of its discussion.

In this theoretical-practical course, participants will:


Study the central repertoires and styles created between 800-1150 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 MolinaInstructor:
Dr. Mauricio Molina



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



Price 1.5 creds

1.5 credit ECTS: 320€


English - Spanish


Session 1 | Liturgical Chant and its Earliest Representations: Neumatic Notations

Session 2 | Theorizing Medieval Chant

Session 3 | Chant in its Context: Singing the Office and the Mass

Session 4 | Enriching the Chant Repertoire: The Composition of Tropes and Sequences

Session 5 | The Birth and Development of Song

Session 6 | The Blossoming of the Monophonic and Polyphonic Latin Song (Versus/Conductus)

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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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.

With the support of: