The Monophonic Repertoires of Medieval Paris

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

Between the 12th and the 14th centuries the city of Paris became one of the most emblematic and awe-inspiring places in the Medieval West. The great thinkers and teachers of the time gathered around its university, merchants and their trade strengthened an ever-growing economy, and the new Cathedral of Notre Dame and the university of Paris became centers of outstanding intellectual and artistic development. Monophonic songs and instrumental music accompanied the growth of the city. Clerical songs in Latin were intoned to express religious and intellectual thoughts and to accompany sacred dances within churches and schools, Parisian trouvère chansons were heard in palaces and manors, the miracles of the Virgin Mary were now chanted in French, rondeaux and virelais were danced all over the streets, and estampies were played on string and wind instruments.

This course explores five different Parisian monophonic repertoires and reconstructs their performance conventions. This is conducted through the study of their composers and sources, poetic-music features and particularities, music notation, and social and performative contexts. Medieval data that makes reference to Parisian music performance conventions is also studied and combined with modern musicological studies of the subject.

Through the course’s six sessions, students will:


Identify the most important medieval Parisian monophonic music repertoires


Place each repertoire within its historical and performative contexts


Conduct poetic and musical analysis of medieval compositions for performance purposes


Make decisions about the application of rhythm, rhetorical delivery, and instrumental accompaniment to pieces following Parisian style and performance conventions


Create their own performance editions of some of the compositions discussed


Compose new ductias and estampies in the style of Paris 844


Learn about instrumental accompaniment in Parisian style

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


Open to musicians, musicologists, and people interested in Medieval music and the Middle Ages in general (with or without experience playing medieval musical instruments)


Session 1 | The Clerical Song: Conductus

Session 2 | Parisian Trouvères and Their Chansons

Session 3 | The Rondellus and the Rondeau: Dancing with Clerics and the Lay

Session 4 | Parisian Instrumental Music: Estampies, Ductias, and Notas

Session 5 | Les Miracles de Nostre-Dame of Gautier of Coinci

Session 6 | The Monophonic Songs of the Roman de Fauvel

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.

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