Bowed Strings | Level 2 – Intermediate

Vielle II: Performing Trouvère and Parisian Repertoires

6 sessions - Self-paced

Course Description

The vielle was the instrument per excellence in medieval northern French music. It was used by itinerant jongleurs and Parisian clerics to accompany trouvère chansons, religious compositions, and instrumental dances. Vielle players were praised not only for being able to perform “any type of composition” on the vielle, but also for their skills at improvising preludes and postludes to pre-existing compositions.

In this course students will:


Develop their vielle technique


Work with medieval tunings


Learn how to improvise preludes and postludes to vocal and instrumental compositions


Perform different northern French repertoires (trouvère songs, conductus, dance songs, and instrumental compositions)



February 19 to June 10, 2024
6 sessions – Self-paced


1 credit ECTS: 360€


English - Spanish


Level 3 / Advanced


Musicians with intermediate or advanced technique (or has taken beginner course) 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 | Strophic Songs

Session 2 | Through-composed Melodies

Session 3 | The Lai

Session 4 | Religious Compositions

Session 5 | Pieces by Adam de la Halle

Session 6 | Dances and Estampies

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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