Bowed Strings | Level 3 – Advanced

Vielle III: The Vielle and Jerome of Moravia

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

Jerome of Moravia is our great informant about the vielle in the 13th century. But while his treatise offers guidance about crucial elements such as ideal repertoires, ornamentation, phrasing, rhythm, and the tuning of the instrument, only the latter has received partial attention by modern performers.  In this course we will explore all information that is relevant to the vielle and its performance in Moravia’s treatise.

In this course students will:


Search for an ideal repertoire for the instrument based on Moravia’s discussion about music composition, aesthetics, and performance conventions


Discuss and apply the three different vielle tunings given by the author to vocal and instrumental compositions


Perform pieces applying Moravia’s indications about ornamentation, phrasing, and rhythm


Explore other data about the vielle given by other contemporary music writers such as Johannes de Grocheio (improvisation), and Elias Salomonis (voice accompaniment)


Expand their vielle repertoire



Sep 18, 2023 – Jan 15, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced




1 credit ECTS: 360€


English - Spanish


Level 3 / Advanced


Musicians with intermediate or advanced technique on the selected instrument and basic knowledge of Medieval music notation.

Access to a vielle or a related bowed string instrument is necessary. Please check with us.


VielleSession 1 | Moravia and the Melodic Modes in Practice

Session 2 | Tuning I and its Repertoires

Session 3 | Tuning II and its Repertoires

Session 4 | Tuning III  and its Repertoires

Session 5 | Ornamentation and Rhythm

Session 6 | Expanding Repertoire and Practice

Teaching Methodology

This course will be comprised of:

    • 6 virtual one-on-one lessons (1 hour each)
    • Recorded introductory lecture or one group live Q&A session (30 min)
    • 6 tutorial videos (10-15 minutes each)
    • Downloadable materials and links to additional resources

Schedules and assignments:

    • The class dates and times will be scheduled with the instructor.
    • There will be some suggested deadlines to submit assignments.
    • The student workload to take the lessons, review the materials and practice is approximately 4.25 hours per session.
    • Students taking the course for credit must complete all assignments and class requirements.

Technical Requirements

    • 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
    • Possibility of auto-recording (audio and video)

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

The International Course of Medieval Music Besalú offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility of studying the repertoires of monodic and polyphonic music composed between the 11th and 13th centuries.

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