MEDIEVAL SINGING | Level 2 – Intermediate

Singing II: Hildegard von Bingen-The Voice of Divine Inspiration

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

Almost one thousand years have passed since the birth of the ‘Sybil of the Rhine’, the woman who, by fiercely following her vocation, lived and died to become one of the most beloved and transformative forces of divine inspiration for anyone who would listen to her messages. Especially in the last few decades the interest for the teachings and music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098 —1179) grew exponentially. The books about natural remedies and nutrition occupy the bookshelves of almost every household, and her music belongs to one of the most desired and sought after repertoire choices of almost any medieval vocal ensemble and concert presenter.

In this course you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Hildegard’s rich world by learning about her life, the cultural climate in which she lived and created, as well as perform a number of pieces from her musical opus, which she herself named Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum — the ‘Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations’. You will learn and experience what makes her musical language so distinct and also how to make your own decisions about performing her compositions.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:


The study of medieval modality based on the musical language of Hildegard’s compositions


The study of her poetic language and how it practically informs our performance


The approach to a text-based study of unknown repertoire — ‘singing the poetry’


The study of western liturgical and paraliturgical genres such as responsories, antiphons, sequences and drama


The creation of individual performance scores which are based on the use of text and which utilise medieval notational techniques in the form of adiastematic neumes

Jasmina ČrnčičInstructor:
Jasmina Črnčič



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




1 credit ECTS: 360€


English - Serbo-Croatian


Level 2 / Intermediate


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


Session 1Hildegard von Bingen: The Woman Behind the Voice

Session 2‘Ora et labora’: The Life and Music in a Medieval Benedictine Monastery

Session 3Modus vivendi — modus cantandi: The Medieval Modal System and the Art of Medieval Monophonic Composition

Session 4O Felix Anima: Hildegard’s Musical Opus

Session 5The Voice of Blood: An Insight into a Unique Poetic Language

Session 6Know the Way: Making the First Step on the Road to Orality

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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