Portative Organ Meeting

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10th International Portative Organ Meeting

Oktober 16 - 18, 2020 – "St. Albert"
D - 86756 Reimlingen (Germany)

"Feasts. Mirth. Our Father"
Medieval and Early Renaissance music

Courses for Beginners & Advanced Players – Ensemble Class – Master Classes
For Portative Organs, other Medieval and Renaissance period instruments and for singers

Corina Marti, Jankees Braaksma, Lucia Mense,
Stefan Keppler

Engrained in religous faith: the medieval times and the renaissance were influenced with deep religiousness. Nevertheless not only churchly festivals were celebrated. Rather people generally partied a lot whereby music has always been of significant value. We would like to live this spirit and explore which music was played for which occasion – be it of ecclesial on secular nature. From monophony to polyphony, traditional and well known melodies, pieces composed for specific festivals and the feasts in particular, and the "tools" which are required to improvise: With the organetti, our voices and further instruments of the Early Music we will meet the Northern French minstrels, and Alfonso el Sabio, Guillaume Dufay, Binchois, Adam de la Halle and others.

Let's celebrate!

The portative organ/organetto is one of the instruments most frequently found in medieval iconography. These small portable medieval organs have become quite popular again thanks to their beauty and enchanting sound. Over the past ten years, we have had the pleasure to share our insight and love for the music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to many professionals organists and other instrumentalists, singers, committed amateurs, and medieval music followers.The festival and the courses are intended for everyone interested in learning to play this fascinating instrument, or wanting to deepen the knowledge about.

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. The most important aspect will be of course, the joy of playing music!

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 also possible here.

Our Courses:

A Beginners
„The Feast of St Jacob on the stars' field“

Let's celebrate St Jacob! With easy-to-learn melodies and sounds from Codex Calixtinus and the Cantigas de Santa Maria and other interesting sources of the medieval period, we will work out the basics of the portative organ.
We're accompanying the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, performing the amazing hymns for the Holy Mary and to St Jacobs honour!
Teacher: Stefan Keppler

B Advanced I
„Robins m’aime“ – The 13th c. Minstrels feasts in Arras

"Robin and Marion", a shepherd opera by Adam de la Halle (1230-1288) gives us a number of beautiful melodies, whereby "Robins m'aime" is still very well known today.

In this course we will play the unison and polyphonic music of the 13th century, as improvised and composed for festivals by menestrels and jugglers in northern France at the time. We will also write and compose a lot in this style! It is not that difficult to develop a musical vocabulary from this period to get an insight into the repertoire of a juggler in northern France in the 13th century. Therefore, we play and sing motets, conductus, clausulae from the Montpellier Codex, beautiful chansons by Adam de la Halle and English music as well: the beautiful three-part 'Beata Viscera'. I will also improvise with you Estampies in the style of the 'Estampies Royales'. With portative other instruments (and vocals) we play dance music (estampies) and we discover the improvisation techniques commonly used.
Teacher: Jankees Braaksma

C Advanced II
„Le Banquet du Voeu“– The Feasants' banquet (Lille, 1454)

Philippe III, also called Philip the Good, seemed to have had common sense almost to the end of his life, but with one flaw: his predilection for crusades. His court was based on chivalry and honor. The founding of the Order of the Golden Flies was a perfect thing to do in this tradition.
The festival mentioned above is a kind of promotional event for a crusade, with a lot of food and even more music, both sacred and secular.
We immerse ourselves in the music of the fifteenth century at this court and at this celebration.

Music by Dufay, Binchois, Hayne van Ghizeghem, dance music, keyboard music and much more.
The goal is to get to know and play the repertoire. As well as to arrange simple dances for organetto or other keyboard instruments.
Teacher: Corina Marti

D Ensemble for instruments and singers

"Eyn vertreflich hochgezît"

In the middle ages the festivities (ancient german: hochgezît) were a fantastic platform to stabilize political alliances and build new cooperations. The nobility and the clergy competed in who was showing the utmost pomp and glory. Important acts of the events were: Festive processions, dance and… polyphony!
We live in the 21st century – we indulge in the luxury of always being able to listen to and to play the music of the present and the past. Polyphony seems to be a given. We find it hard to imagine music not being composed for several voices. Music of other cultures that is based on monody is regarded as different if not strange.
But let us be honest: it was not always like this in the western hemisphere…

The Duc de Berry (1340-1416) once said: “I want polyphony to be sung in my church every day!”

The hint implied here is: In his time – and as late as during the renaissance – polyphony was not sung or played on an everyday basis. Polyphony was extraordinary, only performed on festive days – and only on court and in church. The ordinary people hardly had access to it.
Let us celebrate the extraordinary: music for „Eyn vortreflich hochgezît“!
For portative organ, harp, lute, fiddle, flutes, other early keyboards, soft bagpipes, gemshorn and others.
Teacher: Lucia Mense

Meisterkurse I und II
"Feast of the Masters - Masters of the feasts!"

For students interested in the personalization of their interpretation and performance. Exploring the subject in private lessons, and professionalization of individual skills; e.g. in the Masterclass C. Marti, 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(s) in time.

Teachers: Corina Marti, Jankees Braaksma

Short Workshops
In addition, there will be short workshops open to all with practical and technical knowledge about the portative organ; These workshops also cover the history, origin and iconography, as well as the usage of the organetti.  Practical tips and workshops such as pythagorean tuning and intonation skills complete the course.

Location & Time:

The event will take place in the beautiful and patriarchal, but at the same time modern and comfortably furnished conference house “St. Albert” directly in front of the gates of the historic imperial town of Nördlingen within the South German “four-city region” Würzburg-Nürnberg-Augsburg-Stuttgart.

This house has a history of over a century with an integrated own chapel which will also be available for use. All rooms are equipped with showers and bathrooms.

Start: Friday, at 6 pm with a group supper
End: Sunday, at 1pm following a group lunch.

Info & Application (PDF)

Deadline for registration: September 16. The number of participants is limited. Your registration is valid upon the receipt of the course fee.

Registration please send to:
Stefan Keppler, Von-Riedheim-Weg 1

D-89359 Koetz –Germany–

Stefan Keppler, Augsburger Aktienbank/ NetBank
IBAN DE23 2009 0500 0002 5907 86
BIC AUGBDE71NET „Tage der Portativorgel“

If the course you have chosen is full, you will be notified. Registration confirmation including further details regarding location will be sent out in time.

Terms of Cancellation / Data storage

For cancellations from September 16, the cost of the course will be charged unless the spot can be filled with another participant.

Explicitly it is advised to take a travel and course cancellation expenses insurance.

Retirement/ Cancellation of registration by the organiser

The organiser reserves his right to cancel the course holy or partial as well as changing the sequence and the content of the course; particularly by force majeure (e.g. COVID-19), illness of the teachers or less of registration. If it is necessary to cancel the course by the organiser because of the above mentioned reasons the fees will be refunded.

Data forwarding/ Graphical material/ Storage of data

Dates transferred with application will be stored and used exclusively for organisition and execution the International Portative Organ Meetings. Your dates will not be imparted to a third party.

With your registration you agree with recording and using any kind of graphical and sound material taken by the organiser.

If you don’t agree with, please note on your registration.

With your registration you acknowledge the above mentioned agreements.


Organiser: Wolkenstayn Orgelbau
Stefan Keppler – Institut OrgANnos
Von-Riedheim-Weg 1, D-89359 Kötz, Germany –


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Courses for Beginners & Advanced Players – Ensemble Class – Master Classes
For Portative Organs, other Medieval and Renaissance period instruments, and for singers.

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With portative organs, voices and other historical instruments we will encounter, among other things, music from the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Cancionero de Palacio, pieces from the Codices Montpellier and Calixtinus and the Llibre Vermell, works by Konrad Paumann and from the Vatican Organum tractate.

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