O Roma nobilis – Music on the Pilgrimage Routes (Jerusalem, Rome, Conques, Salas, Limoges, Compostela, Montserrat, and Canterbury)
Dr. Mauricio Molina and Voices and Musical Instruments Faculty
Course dedicated to the performance of monophonic and polyphonic repertoires composed between 1100 and 1300. The Course combines medieval music theory classes, ensemble playing, and individual lessons on singing and different musical instruments (see list below).
Group classes: English and Spanish
Individual classes: language agreed with the teacher
Pilgrimage was one of the principal activities of the Middle Ages. During this period, people of all classes flocked to shrines to beg for the forgiveness of their sins, to find miraculous relief for different types of spiritual or physical suffering, or simply to deepen their faith. Music was crucial in the journey of the pilgrim. Songs and dances were used to alleviate the tediousness of the road, to foment a sense of community, and to prompt spiritual communication with God.
Pilgrimage songs might have been performed passionately and in an unapologetic manner: we know that energetic dance-songs were common and that musical instruments were used to accompany these pieces. These performances surely made the most conservative clerics uncomfortable. That is why in some sources pilgrims’ music is described as being “dishonest and impious”. Pilgrims not only performed music, they also had the opportunity to listen to some of the most exquisite compositions of the period.
In the main shrines, new polyphonic and monophonic music was being developed with the purpose of enriching their religious ceremonies. The music, in combination with the Romanesque and gothic architectonic spaces, the painting and sculptures on the walls, and the smell of incense surely contributed in creating the most spectacularly sensual and spiritual experience for the pilgrims.
The Vocal and Instrumental Program is composed of the following classes:
- Theory and Performance of Medieval Music (group class)
- Officium in mane (for instrumentalists)
- Pythagorean Tuning (for singers)
- Medieval Ensemble (group class, all students)
- Voice or instrument lessons (one-on-one)
- Chamber Music Sessions (6-7 people each group)
All instruments offered in the course are available for rental (based on availability)