Fall 2020 Online
Oct 7 - Dec 20, 2020
Instructor: Raúl Lacilla
Towards the end of the thirteenth century the music theoretician Franco of Cologne developed a system of music notation that upgraded and revolutionized the already existing modal and mensural notational structures. In this system the various note shapes conveyed in themselves specific durations. This allowed for faster reading, more complex rhythmic development and stratification, and a sense of a more faithful representation of the composer’s intentions. Franconian notation is not only crucial for the reading of most medieval and renaissance monophonic and polyphonic music, but also to understand the development of our modern notation.
In this online course students will learn to read Franconian notations through a series of steps that comprise the study of Franco’s system (from his treatise and other sources), the application of its precepts to actual monophonic and polyphonic compositions, the transcription of medieval pieces, and the performance of different compositions directly from the original sources.
Explanation about mensural notation
Study of Franco’s developments utilizing his music treatise and other related treatises
Explanation about the different figures and ligatures in Franconian notation
Application to actual monophonic and polyphonic repertoires
Transcription of pieces into modern notation
Sight-reading from original sources
- Instructional videos and recorded lectures produced for each session
- Downloadable reading materials and exercises that support the videos and lectures
- Biweekly Q&A Zoom meetings
- Blogs where students can ask questions and share information
- Personalized instructions in connection to submitted exercises
Duration and Frequency of the Course
The course is open from October through December. It comprises 6 lessons that will be posted once a week during the first 6 weeks (October 1st-November 15). Live Q&A sessions will be conducted biweekly through the first six weeks of the course and will be recorded so that students can access them at any time. Students can work at their own pace throughout the three months, with access to the pre-recorded video lessons, accompanying materials, and the course forums.
- 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
Dates & Duration
Oct 7 – Dec 20, 2020
English – Spanish
Musicians, musicologists, and people interested in Medieval music and the Middle Ages in general (with or without experience playing medieval musical instruments)
What Our Students Say
The online summer course was a fantastic experience! The fact that we had a week to comprehend everything, practice and work on it, gave us the opportunity to go much deeper than in regular an onsite course. The course was challenging and of great interest for beginners as well as for more advanced and professional musicians. Where other courses and institutions teach you about Medieval Music, the Online Music Course of Besalú gives you the real Middle Ages.
Marjolein van Amers - The Netherlands
Register for 2020
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