This codex, one of the treasures of the Medieval Spanish music is a manuscript from c. 1300 which originated in and has remained in the Cistercian convent of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas in Burgos, in northern Spain.
The workshop is designed to introduce the students to the interpretation of Organum through the original notation and modal singing techniques of medieval music. This notation confronts the musician with many aspects of this repertory which are easily overlooked in a normal modern score. These include: the intervallic and rhythmic tensions within each line, the constantly shifting relationships between the different contrapuntal lines, the subtle modal shifts which in this workshop will be clarified through the use of solmisation, and the primal influence of the text.
Much attention will be given to the interaction between the church acoustics and the manner of singing. The course will be held from the 23nd until the 28th of September in the St. Willibrorduskerk (Minrebroederstraat 21, Utrecht). Each session will extend from 10.30 am until 6 pm. This workshop is open to students, professional singers and early music instrumentalists interested in learning new approaches to Medieval music and the singing of modal music.