REPERTOIRES AND PERFORMANCE
(Vocal and Instrumental)
6 sessions - Self-paced
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:
Explore the whole conception and practice of invention and improvisation in medieval culture
Survey and analyse theoretical and musical sources that record the practice
Study modal and non-modal constructions, melodic formulas, and melodic “families”
Identify medieval rhetorical devices and translate them in the construction of melodies
Compile and memorize melodic formulas to be used extempore in the creation of preludes, interludes, postludes and entire melodies
Dr. Mauricio Molina
DATES & DURATION
Sep 18, 2023 – Jan 15, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced
Price 1.5 creds
1.5 credit ECTS: 320€
English - Spanish
Student must have basic musical knowledge and be able to read modern music notation.
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
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
- 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)
Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.