REPERTOIRES AND PERFORMANCE

Melodic Improvisation
(Vocal and Instrumental)

6 sessions - Self-paced | Next term starts March 1, 2021
Online

Course Description

Melodic improvisation was an important aspect of vocal and instrumental medieval music performance. Music treatises, and music and literary sources record the creation of extempore preludes, postludes, interludes, and even full melodies in connection to the performances of both religious and secular music. To construct an impromptu melody, singers and instrumentalists relied on their theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary melodic modal practice. Melodic fragments stored in the mind were recalled and re-assembled to create a spontaneous melodic discourse. The goal of this course is to learn to improvise vocal and instrumental preludes, interludes, postludes, and full melodies in the modes of G and D (in connection to different repertoires, styles, and functions).

In this course, students will:

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Explore the whole conception and practice of invention and improvisation in medieval culture

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Survey and analyse theoretical and musical sources that record the practice

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Study modal and non-modal constructions, melodic formulas, and melodic “families”

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Identify medieval rhetorical devices and translate them in the construction of melodies

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Compile and memorize melodic formulas to be used extempore in the creation of preludes, interludes, postludes and entire melodies

Dr. Mauricio MolinaInstructor:
Dr. Mauricio Molina

COURSE INFO

DATES & DURATION

Open Mar 1-Jun 14, 2021
6 sessions – Self-paced

Location

Online

Price

Non-credit: 260€
1.5 credit ECTS: 310€

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Languages

English - Spanish

PREREQUISITES

Student must have basic musical knowledge and be able to read modern music notation.

Syllabus

Session 1 | Understanding Medieval Improvisation

Session 2 | Melodic Modes in Practice (Intonation Formulas, Neumae, and Latin Formulas)

Session 3 | Crafting an Improvised Discourse (Inventio)

Session 4 | Improvising Outside of the Melodic Modes

Session 5 | Composing Preludes, Postludes, and Interludes

Session 6 | Different Styles and Repertoires 

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

    • 6 tutorial videos of 15 minutes each (total 1.5 hours)
    • 6 recorded lectures of 1 hour each (total 6 hours)
    • 3 live Q&A sessions of 1hour and 15 minutes each conducted biweekly through the first six weeks of the course and will be recorded so that students can access them at any time (total 3 hours and 45 minutes)
    • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

    • The course is self-paced. The majority of lessons will be posted on the first day of the term and students can work at their own pace until the platform is closed for the semester, with access to the pre-recorded video lessons, accompanying materials, and the course forums
    • 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)

Enroll Now

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: