Option 4

The Monophonic Repertoires of Medieval Paris + One-on-One Voice/Instrument Lessons

July 1-31, 2020


Course Details

The Monophonic Repertoires of Medieval Paris + One-on-One Voice/Instrument Lessons

Medieval Music Besalú Faculty


This package presents an abridged version of our classical onsite Voices & Instruments Course: it combines the theoretical-practical module The Monophonic Repertoires of Medieval Paris (from the Manuscript to Performance Course) with the One-on-One Voice/Instruments Lessons. With this arrangement, participants who focus primarily on singing or playing instruments will also acquire a theoretical-practical background about the Parisian monophonic repertoires and their performance practice. Students taking this package will participate in the Online Performance Project: Singing and Playing the Parisian Dance Song.



Sessions will be conducted once a week to give the students enough time to absorb the materials, develop technique, and practice the repertoires. Please look at the schedule to find when these classes will be posted.



Students will receive a certificate from the University of Lleida specifying the amount of hours conducted in the course. The number of hours is calculated based on the time that the student will spend in the actual online classes and doing work by themselves. For this specific course the total of hours is 18.



Course Methodology

Video lessons (lectures) and tutorials


Downloadable resources


Practice assignments


Instructor Assistance (via forums and email)


1 Online Performance Project




Dates & Duration

July 1-31


Reservation deposit required (non-refundable): 100€





Instrumentalists and Singers (with or without experience playing medieval musical instruments).

Course Modules

Module 1: The Monophonic Repertoires of Medieval Paris

5 sessions
Instructor: Dr. Mauricio Molina


This module 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 performance conventions will be studied and combined with modern musicological studies on the subject.

By the end of the five sessions students will be able to:

    • Identify the most important medieval Parisian monophonic repertoires and place them in historical and performative contexts
    • Conduct a 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.
Teaching Methodology

In this course the instructor will: make use of instructional videos and recorded lectures produced for each session, assign reading materials, study the pieces directly from their manuscripts, request the students to create their own editions (diplomatic and modernized), generate discussion, present short performance demonstrations, and request the students to conduct their own performances of the pieces.  



Session 1: Religious and Secular Dance Songs
The clerical rondellus and the secular rondeau

Session 2: Trouvéres in Paris
Moniot de Paris, Richard de Semilli, Blanche de Castille, and Thibaut de Champagne

Session 3: Latin Songs by Parisian Clerics
Peter Abelard, Philip the Chancellor, Perotin

Session 4: Instrumental Music
Estampie and ductia

Session 5: Songs for Notre Dame
Miracles of Notre Dame of Gautier de Coincy (sources and recompositions) and trouvère religious songs


Module 2: One-on-One Voice/Instrument Lessons

5 sessions
Instructors: Medieval Music Besalú Faculty

For a complete description of the lessons, please visit the course page:

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