CEMS Mini-Courses, Spring 2015

During the Spring 2015 semester, the Center for Early Music Studies will offer two mini courses, by Anne Azéma (Feb 6-7), and by lutenist Hopkinson Smith (April 15-16).  Students wishing to register for these courses, which carry one elective Musicology credit, should enroll in MH 629 Early Music Studies.  This course can be repeated for credit. Prior to registering, students should complete the application and send to Victor Coelho <blues@bu.edu>

Feb 6–7, 2015

Paths to Performance in Medieval Song

taught by Anne Azéma with the participation of Shira Kammen (vielle)

Friday, February 6, 2015, 11 am – 6 pm, CFA  219
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 am – 5 pm, CFA 219

This course will introduce students  and performers in training to the world of medieval solo song during its “golden age” (ca. 1100-1300), from the main regions of  continental Europe:  Provence, France, Germany, Spain. Repertoires to be considered will include the Carmina Burana, songs of the troubadours and trouvères, and the Cantigas of the Spanish King Alfonso el Sabio.

Topics will include the social and historical context of medieval music making, musical notation and manuscript transmission, the all-important relation of poetry to music, vocal style and technique, and the question of instrumental accompaniment.

The goal of this brief, intensive introduction is to provide a clear and helpful roadmap for further inquiry, study, and performances of these beautiful and important repertoires.  For musicians (vocalists and instrumentalists), historians, students of romance languages, and others with a keen interest in medieval culture.

Download the application and send the completed version to Victor Coelho (blues@bu.edu).

BU students are charged one credit of tuition. For non-BU (non credit) participants, the cost is $200 for one mini-course and $350 for two. Auditors are welcome.

April 15-16

Hearing John Dowland and J.S. Bach

taught by Hopkinson Smith

Wednesday, April 15, 2015: 10 – 1 pm and 2 – 5 pm, CFA 156
Thursday, April 16 , 2015, 10 am – 1 pm, CFA 219 and 2 pm – 5 pm, CFA 216

For the Dowland/Bach  mini-course, please download the CEMS application and send to <blues@bu.edu>