Program Offering 2020
Secular and Sacred Music from the Most Vibrant and Sophisticated City of the Middle Ages
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 became a centre of outstanding artistic development.
Paris’ growth prompted an extraordinary musical progress: the music of the Church was embellished by the most magnificent polyphony (organum and conductus), the monophonic song in Latin and French (clerical and trouvère) became an unprecedented vehicle for religious and secular expression, the intricate polytextual motet was created for the entertainment of intellectuals, and instrumental and dance music grew more complexed and was heard in every corner of the city.
In 2020 The International Course of Medieval Music Performance of Besalú (MMB 2020) will explore the music composed and performed in Paris between 1100 and 1350. This will include trouvère and clerical songs and dances, monophonic and polyphonic conductus, Ars antiqua motets, the great organum of Notre Dame, and the satirical Roman de Fauvel in addition to the study of vocal and instrumental improvisation in the Parisian style and the specific use of musical instruments in the city and its repertoires.
In the Town of Besalú – July 10-17
At the University of Lleida – July 20-27
What Our Students Say
Medieval Music Besalú has been, by far, the best musical experience of my life. I discovered the course by chance and there is not a single day when I am not grateful to have found it, because the fruits that are sown here accompany you forever. Not only the teaching team is top notch, but the training offer is unique in the world and the audience is very high level. Music flows through every corner of this beautiful town and the intensity, the good atmosphere and the good times will make you take a medieval family for life. I will repeat this year for the third time in a row and as many as I can in the future. Without a doubt, Medieval Music Besalú has won my heart.
Register for 2020
Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.