MEDIEVAL SINGING | Level 1 – Basic

Singing I: Carmina Burana-An Entry into Medieval Monophonic Song

6 sessions - Self-paced


Course Description

Since its rediscovery in the 19th century, the Codex Buranus has been offering its voice in delivering one of the most treasured testimonies of the rich and intense cultural lives of medieval men and women. Thought to have been compiled sometime in the 13th century, this unusual manuscript contains over 200 poems, some of which have been transmitted with musical notation. By covering almost every imaginable subject matter, as well as a variety of musical and poetic genres, the Carmina Burana manuscript is an ideal starting point for any singer wishing to enter the world of medieval monophonic song.

In this course the students will:


Study and perform pieces from the Codex Buranus


Become familiar with the multitude of other, related medieval monophonic repertoires, such as paraliturgical and clerical song, liturgical drama, trouvère chansons or Minnesang


Get to know the basics of various medieval notational systems


Learn how to study and perform pieces with different poetic structures, such as long-form sequences and short-form strophic songs


Study and perform songs composed using varied techniques, from syllabic to melismatic


Study historical pronunciations of vernacular languages and different Latin dialects

Jasmina ČrnčičInstructor:
Jasmina Črnčič



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




1 credit ECTS: 360€


English - Serbo-Croatian


Level 1 / Beginner


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


Session 1The Dialogue Between Good and Evil : Medieval Moralising Song

Session 2Exclamations of Desire: Learning to Sing in the Tongue of Love

Session 3A Card Game with Lady Fortune: Singing of Sin or Singing at Pastime?

Session 4In the Bosom of the Loving Mother: Medieval Praise Songs to the Virgin Mary

Session 5Tears of Sorrow: The Extended Medieval Traditions of Lamentation

Session 6‘Whom are ye seeking?’: An Introduction to Medieval Liturgical Drama

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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