11th Int. Portative Organ Meeting 2023
"À Paris! Frese Nouvelle"
We work in several courses:
Beginner’s course: For people with no previous organetto experience. If you already have basic music skills and have always wanted to learn how to play the portative organ or medieaval music on other instruments, in this course we are going to teach the basic musical and technical elements, while playing popular and easy to learn melodies.
Advanced musicians will develop their skills by working in mixed and solo organetto ensembles, and will learn diverse playing and phrasing technics. We will put emphases on using the expressive resources of the instruments, while broadening our repertoire.
In the Ensemble class, we will work in mixed groups with organetto and other historic keyboards, flute, harp, fiddle, percussions and, of course, voices, to improve knowledge and playing skills, to listen to each other, to "get the ball rolling".
Those who want to continue their education in one-to-one lessons have the opportunity to take an about half-hour master class in addition to the choosen courses A-D; For this purpose, music will be sent in advance; free passive participation is possible here also.
The most important aspect will be of course, the joy of playing music all together again!
Teacher: Stefan Keppler
Following traditional, also some maybe foreign-sounding melodies, quasi we dance through the centuries of historic and classic France. We will meet the works of the 16th century canon and choreographer Thoinot Arbeau, but also the amazing melodies, tunes and dances of the Breton culture, and we will attempt to trying out the spirit of classical modern French dances as Valse Musette, Cercle and Bourrée, with pleasure to discover the possibilities of the Organetto.
Teacher: Corina Marti
What gives the this years course of 2022 the title, is a motet from the so called Codex Montpellier.With the repertoire of the late 14th century in France but we will focus mostly on the music from Paris.
As it is so beautifully described in the motet: you find the best wine in Paris, just to mention one of the things here, and there is always something going on, both, in the morning and in the evening.
We immerse ourselves in a world of a typical student milieu, the professors, the scholars and the artists .
We’ll take a close look at the writings of Hieronymus de Moravia (Paris 1280), the ornaments, rhythm and we adapt and arrange it for portative organ and other historic keyboards.
Sacred and secular music, courtly music and of course dance music!
Midnight in Paris 1280!
C Ensemble for instruments and singers
"Music in a Mirror The Mirror of Music"
Teacher: Lucia Mense
“To sing, to play the fiddle and to recite epics is recommended to everybody who has responsibility in society.” This quotation is handed down by Albertus Magnus, a german theorist and bishop who taught in Cologne and Paris a wisdom to be recommended to (cultural) politicians of today likewise.
We are profiteers of the wise musicians from Paris also in many other aspects: Franco of Cologne (or Franco of Paris?) demanded and developed signs for the duration of sound.
The main treatise of Jacobus de Liège was named Speculum musicum: this so-called “Mirror of Music” is the most extensive music treatise extant from the middle ages. It includes the mathematically and philosophic basics of music as well as the theory of intervals, modes, musical forms in relation to the Ars Antiqua. On the other hand Jacobus seems not to have been fond of progressive developments of the Ars Nova. Which is a shame, but human …
Other important music theorists and philosophers were Hieronymus de Moravia, Petrus de Cruce, Johannes de Grocheio etc. Some of them also seem to have been composers themselves, from others no music has been handed down to us.
But for sure our feelings, philosophical ideas, our understanding and receiving of music (and of the world) was being shaped in those times.
In this ensemble workshop we are going to follow the recommendation of Albertus Magnus und play the music from medieval Paris:
Our focus will be 2-4-voice compositions from the Montpellier Codex and the Wimpfener Fragments (Darmstadt, Hessische Landesbibliothek Hs. 3471). Their texts speak about life in the middle ages, secret love, pride, death and everyday problems and pleasures - epic stories of the Knights of the Round Table included.
We want to play the organetto together with the voice and other instruments.
Players of instruments like organetto, harp, fiddle, percussion, hümmelchen, gemshorn, recorder and traverso flute as well as singers are welcome.
“Music improves and forms the character of all men in a community. This is why everybody should keep oneself busy with learning and playing of music.” (Johannes de Grocheio: De musica, around 1300)
"Feast of the Masters - Masters of the feasts!"
Teacher: Corina Marti
For students interested in the personalization of their interpretation and performance. Exploring the subject in private lessons, and professionalization of individual skills; we deepen the repertoire and compose our own Intabulation: A sacred piece by Dufay.
Also, please feel free to bring your own pieces for individual training and improving your skills. Please don't hesitate to contacting the teacher in time.
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