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Poetry Meets Music: The Sequence

August 27, 2018 - September 2, 2018


2018 Poetry Meets Music: The Sequence”

Cristina Alís Raurich – portative organ, theory, performance practice

Lorena Garcia – voice, performance practice

Courses on late medieval and renaissance music performance are rarely seen in conservatories and music schools. Today, many performers are thus missing a large and rich part of music history six centuries from their education, the fundament of today’s understanding of Western music.
This course offers any musician the opportunity of having a taste of medieval and renaissance music both for those who are new to the field as well as for those with previous knowledge. We will explore one topic a year taking you on a walk through the past centuries. In the current year, you will experience an outstanding repertoire that blends poetry and music into a perfect union. This is a type of song known as the sequence.
Take the journey into the origins of modern music and get to experiment with music in a new and surprising way by adding new tools to your palette. In this way, you will gain a an insight into early music practice while enjoying stunning repertories.
This course is a rare opportunity to get to know medieval and renaissance monophonic and polyphonic songs in a broad span: from the birth of the sequence to its highest development, all this in a delightful international atmosphere.
Experiment with the colors of the monophonic and polyphonic song and its performance with:
– 7 day course
– 2 faculty members
– 3 subjects: theory and practical approach, small and big ensembles
– 3 extra activities: conference, workshop on NLP for musicians, and a tour of San Marino
Find out more about your own music history and obtain precious tools for developing your artistic career.
Are you ready to start exploring? Read the FAQ, fill in the registration form, and send it to us.


Who can participate?
Singers and portative organ players as active participants.
It is possible to participate with other instruments (learn more about eligibility by writing to us).
Do you have a portative organ? Get in touch with us to learn about the possibilities of renting one.
Musicologists who wish to participate as auditors that is, not taking part in the performance or in the ensembles are welcome to register with a price reduction.
Ensembles who register with a minimum of 4 members will receive a reduction in price.
What is the course about?
This course is on the performance practice of medieval and renaissance music with the fundaments of with a strong historical and performative introduction for singers and portative organ players (see question below about other instruments).
In the middle ages, a phenomenon appears alongside liturgical chant repertories: a practice that allows the use of non-biblical texts over melismas that originated in chant repertory, and thus is a blend of medieval poetry and music. One of the largest cultivated genres that evolved from this practice is the sequence (sequentia) also known as prosa or neuma. Sequences appear in a variety of forms and also diverge in their roots: some of these sequentiae relate to an existing Alleluia, others became independent from the Alleluias, and even independent from the liturgy itself.
Sequences emerge as early as 9th century, in the following centuries their corpus widens through the Middle Ages until the Council of Trent (1545–1563), when the vast repertoire of monophonic and polyphonic sequentiae were reduced to just a few items for liturgical use. A couple of exceptional poets are connected to the creation of texts for sequences: Notker Balbulus and Hugo of St. Victor.
The course explores:
– The history of the monophonic and polyphonic sequence in the middle ages and the renaissance.
– The sequence as poetry: how words, sounds, and melodic formulas are brought together, characteristic elements of the sequence.
– Performance practice: preparation of a program of sequences, use of medieval tunings, ensemble work, and concert.
How is the course organized?
There will be daily activities that will include: a historical and performative introduction to the sequence, and performance in small ensembles and big ensembles.
In addition, a conference, a workshop on NLP for musicians (explicar què és), and a tour to historical sites of the region will be offered to the students.
Active participants will perform at the concerts of the course.
Do students need to have previous knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance music?
It is not necessary to have previous knowledge on this types of music.
Keyboardists who never played a portative organ can also enroll as well.
Portative organists are expected to bring their own instrument.
Do you not have an instrument? Contact us to learn about possibilities to get one.
It is possible to participate with other instruments, to learn more about eligibility to participate please contact us.
Registration and info:


August 27, 2018
September 2, 2018


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