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“Je n’amerai autre” : Polyphony of the Montpellier Codex

December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - December 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

“Je n’amerai autre”
Polyphony of the Montpellier Codex

The course will focus on the polyphonic motets of the Montpellier codex (13th-14h c.) and it is directed to singers and portative organ performers (beginners also!).
We will work on a group of Latin and French motets of the Manuscript and perform them in ensemble with voices and organs.

There will be portative organs to rent for those who don’t have one.
Other instruments might participate as well, contact me or the organisation (contact@cimmedieval.org) for more information.

It will take place at the university of Montpellier (south France) on the 1st and 2nd December.
There will be a visit to the Library of the Faculté de Medicine of Montpellier to see this famous codex in situ (December 3rd).

More about the use of organs in motets:
There is evidence that motets and other polyphonic pieces were performed on medieval keyboard instruments. In this course students will be able to explore both the performance practice of portative organs and the motet repertoire of the late 13th century and early 14th century.

The course offers :

Performance practice of voice and portative organ.
Portative organ technique : bellow exercise, articulation, attack, phrasing, tuning.
Context of medieval motets and organs.
Background on the Montpellier Codex : notation, contents, history.
Group performance of the repertoire on the portative organs.


  • Monday 3rd morning there will be a guided visit to the Montpellier Codex and other treasures of the at the Library (Bibliothèque Inter-Universitaire, Section Médecine).


Normal: 200 € + 5 € “d’adhesion au CIMM”

Students from Medieval Music Besalú: 180€ + 5 € “d’adhesion au CIMM”



  • Contact : Gisèle Clément ; CIMM – Du ciel aux marges
  • Tél : 06 70 74 19 20
  • Mail : contact@cimmedieval.org

Here you will find more information about the course and registration:

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December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am
December 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm


Centre International de Musiques Médiévales de Montpellier – Du ciel aux marges (CIMM)