Instrument Making Workshop II

Making a Medieval Square Frame Drum (Adufe)

July 12-13, 2020

In the town of Besalú

Instrument Making

Course Details

Medieval Square Frame Drum Making (Adufe)

Faculty: Pedro Manceras & Dr. Mauricio Molina

The Adufe, or medieval square tambourine, was one of the most popular percussion instruments of the Middle Ages. It was held and played with the two hands at a chest or head level by male and female musicians and used to accompany songs, dances, and instrumental compositions. The instrument is composed of a square frame of wood with parchment stretched on both sides of body. Despite of its simple design it is a beautiful, versatile, and powerful instrument that can be used for rhythmic accompaniment in the modern renditions of medieval repertoires.

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Participants will build a medieval adufe guided by the master percussion luthier Pere Caseras and learn to play it with the specialist on medieval frame drums Mauricio Molina.

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All materials and tools will be provided.

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Students will keep the instrument that they make during the workshop. (These instruments can be used if the participants also want to take the Manuscript to Performance or the Voices & Instruments courses.)

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The last hour and a half of the course will be dedicated to learn its playing techniques.

COURSE INFO

Location

In the town of Besalú

Dates & Duration

July 11-12, 2020
13.5 hours

Price

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Languages

English / Spanish

Requirements

No experience building musical instruments is necessary

Register for 2020

Places are limited for each section, so sign up early.