Performing 15th-century Songs from Original Notation

Performing 15th-century Songs from Original Notation
March 3-5

Course Description:
Using reproductions of original source materials, students will study and prepare for performance, in a workshop setting, a small number of songs by Ockeghem, Busnoys, and their contemporaries. The class will include coaching, lectures on the sources, notation, interpretation, and the historical context of the song repertoire, and readings on performance practice. Some advance preparation required. The course will be open to a maximum of 10 singers and players of recorder, lute, harp, and bowed strings; some instruments will be available for loan. Non-performing students may also take the class, and in lieu of performance they will be required to submit an essay.

Registration Information:
This course will be 15 hours of class time. Students, both undergraduate and graduate, can take the course for one credit or no credit, and should enroll as follows:
MU 409 Independent Study (for undergraduates)
MU 890 Independent Study (for graduates)

Scott Metcalfe, Aaron Sheehan, Sean Gallagher, Martin Near, Keith Polk, Victor Coelho

This course will be held in the Marshall Room and Concert Hall of the Boston University College of Fine Arts, located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue. Please see the schedule below for more information.

Sunday, March 3 [Marshall Room]
2-5 Session I
5-7 Welcome Dinner
7-8 Lecture by Sean Gallagher

Monday, March 4 [Marshall Room]
2-5 Session II
6:30-7:30 Lecture by Sean Gallagher
8-10 Session III

Tuesday, March 5
9:30-12:30 Session IV [Concert Hall]
6:30-9:30 Session V [Marshall Room: performances, presentations, and discussion]

Public Events:
March 1
Blue Heron
“Divine songs: Connections and Exchanges between Secular Song and Sacred Music, Featuring the Music of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420-1497)”
808 Gallery, Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Avenue
8 pm

There will be a Lecture/Demonstration with Scott Metcalfe and Blue Heron at 7:15. This event is part of Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond, an interdisciplinary conference in medieval studies.

You can download the application here.