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Singing with the medieval Carthusians: “Stimance” (acoustic vases) of Pleterje and their original sound

September 30, 2017 - October 1, 2017

The “štimance” (acoustic vases) in the church of Pleterje, which until today remain a fascinating acoustic phenomenon, were originally intended for the spoken and sung liturgy of the Carthusian community of Pleterje. It is almost impossible to appreciate their real role in the performance of music without knowing their original context and function. At the workshop, Gregorian chant will be presented in its Carthusian variant and with the medieval sources from the Slovenian charterhouses. Special stress will be given to the Gregorian modality. We will focus on the characteristics of the so-called Pythagorean tuning which was the basic tuning of the medieval monophony, including Gregorian chant.

The workshop will be carried out in English and Slovenian languages.


– Gregorian chant: some theoretical premises and the tradition of the Carthusian chant (& sources from Slovenian monasteries)

– monochord: the only instrument of the Carthusians

– modality

– Pythagorean tuning


ca. 10 hours, 3-4 hours theory, the rest wold be practice (combined with some theory) in the place of the course and then in the Carthusian church with “štimance”


Cristina Alís Raurich, pianist, historical keyboard player (medieval music specialist) and researcher (PhD student at the University of Würzburg and Schola cantorum Basiliensis)

Biography: http://cristinaraurich.cat/bio/

Katarina Šter, medieval music researcher, singer, specialist in the Carthusian medieval chant

Biography: http://mi.zrc-sazu.si/en/sodelavci/katarina-ster-en#v


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