Option 2

One-on-One Voice/Musical Instrument Lessons

July 1-31, 2020

Online

Course Details

One-on-One Voice/Musical Instrument Lessons

Medieval Music Besalú Faculty

Participants will receive five one-on-one lessons on medieval singing or on the instrument of their choice (see list of instruments offered). The classes will be conducted online through video lessons and tutorials and the help of downloadable resources and materials. The instructors will cater to the level of every student, working on technique and assigning appropriate music of the medieval Parisian repertoire. One or two pieces will be coached to be performed in the Online Performance Project: Singing and Playing the Parisian Dance Song.

Students should have their own instrument. This instrument can be one of the ones listed (citole, vielle, portative organ, harps, bagpipes, percussion and others) or an alternative one (other relative instrument). Please ask about possible substitutes.

  

Frequency

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

Certification

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 15.

 

Course Methodology
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Video lessons and tutorials

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Downloadable resources

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Practice assignments

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Instructors Assistance

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1 Online Performance Project

Requirements
    • Students should have their own instrument. This instrument can be one of the ones listed (citole, vielle, portative organ…) or an alternative one (other relative instrument). Please ask about possible substitutes.
    • Broadband Internet connection
    • External or internal webcam
    • External or internal Microphone
    • Speakers or headphones
    • Possibility of printing downloaded materials

COURSE DETAILS

Location

Online

Dates & Duration

July 1-31, 2020

Price

250€
Deposit required to reserve the place (non-refundable): 100€

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Languages

Language agreed with the instructor

Open to

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

Voice & Instrument Lessons

5 sessions of 45 minutes

CLASS

Vielle

Alejandro Tonatiuth Hernández

  • Study of the first two tunings of the vielle given by Jerome of Moravia (13th century)
  • Development of appropriate playing techniques and their application to different repertoires.
  • Development of ornamentation, melodic and rhythmic accompaniment, and the elaboration of different types of drones, preludes, and postludes.
  • Reconstruction and study of “solo” pieces based on vocal repertoire.
  • Introduction to the practice of self-accompaniment for singers who want to accompany themselves with the vielle while singing.

 

Citole / Guittern

Martí Beltrán

  • Study of different plectrum techniques.
  • Creation of an accompaniment combining melodic, “intervallic,” and rhythmic elements.
  • Study of solo pieces with the application of ornaments developed from medieval data, and the use of improvisation for the creation of preludes and postludes.

 

Psaltery

Martí Beltrán

  • Study of tuning and plectrum techniques.
  • Creation of an accompaniment combining melodic, “intervallic,” and rhythmic elements.
  • Study of solo pieces.

 

Bagpipe

Raúl Lacilla

  • Technical matters such as air-pressure control, fingering, reed setting and tuning by ear according to Pythagorean system either by manipulating the reeds or using wax.
  • Articulation and ornamentation according to the treatises; study of the notation, repercussive ornaments, fifthting, substitution, etc.
  • Preluding and postluding in the most common modes.
  • Use of the drones, key principles of organum.
  • Singing while playing; key pronunciation of medieval languages.

 

Pipe and Tabor

Raúl Lacilla

  • Blowing technique and air support
  • Fingering and overblowing
  • Pythagorean tuning
  • Basic drum accompaniment
  • Modal-rhythm drum ornamentation
  • Fifthing over a given melody
  • Stylistic articulation and ornamentation according to the treatises

 

CLASS

Voice

Jasmina Črnčič

  • Proper vocal production for medieval repertoires based on the information contained in medieval sources.
  • Diction, articulation, and tuning.
  • Ornamentation as indicated by contemporaneous treatises.
  • Study of vocal exercises from medieval sources.

 

Harp

Claire Piganiol

  • Work based on the study of extant sources about medieval harps (iconography, repertoire, treatises, literary sources)
  • Study of fingerings in melodic and polyphonic playing
  • Techniques for the accompaniment of monophonic music
  • Playing existing or developing new instrumental repertoire
  • Improvisation and ornamentation techniques

 

Portative Organ

Cristina Alís Raurich

  • Finger technique, bellow control and tuning.
  • Tuning with other instruments.
  • Instrumental repertoire, improvisation and ornamentation techniques.
  • Techniques for the accompaniment of monophonic music.

Medieval Frame Drums and Percussion

Mauricio Molina / Octavio Beltrán

  • Tambourine, square frame drum, tariya.
  • Reconstruction of performance techniques based on both the study of medieval sources.
  • Development of a rhythmic accompaniment following rhythmic theories of the period (Christian and Arabic treatises).
  • Reconstruction of the sound aesthetic based on the physical and functional context of medieval percussion.

 

Frestel (Medieval Panpipe) / Albogue (hornpipe)

Raúl Lacilla

  • Proper way of holding the instrument and blowing technique: how to angle the instrument and introduce the right amount of air to achieve the appropriate tuning.
  • Circular breathing for hornpipes
  • Reconstruction of performance techniques based on both the study of medieval musical sources and treatises.

 

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Students Say

This music program is excellent because it combines all relevant disciplines in a multi-disciplinary format that medievalists do not typically receive in graduate school: music performance, music theory, religious and philosophical study, and study in chant and liturgy that underlies other musical innovations. This ethno-musicological approach is an exciting way to bring the study of the Middle Ages to life.

Karmen Lenz

I have been attending the Besalú program for four years and I have yet to attend another summer school which surpasses it. I work professionally as a musicologist (albeit specializing on a different era) and I can only say that I wish my colleagues in academic musicology worldwide displayed the same amount of rigor, excellence, seriousness and enthusiasm in their research as staff at Besalú systematically do.

Eva M. Rodriguez

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