Marie & Marion: Motets and Songs from the 13th Century Montpellier Manuscript
July 6-13, 2014
This new, audition-only program is for pre-professional and professional singers interested in medieval vocal ensemble music. Singers spend each day in coaching and masterclass sessions, with a focus on medieval style and historical performance practice.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to work closely with Anonymous 4 members Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky, Susan Hellauer, and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek. You’ll enter the Anonymous 4 rehearsal room and learn the process of this successful award-winning ensemble. From the raw material of medieval facsimile notation, through the process of musical and technical decisions that take you to finished performance, the members of Anonymous 4 will be your guide in breathing new life into ancient music.
Participants will do intensive work in small groups with Anonymous 4 members. You’ll learn and practice the detailed approach to phrasing, balance and expression that has won critical praise for Anonymous 4’s concert performances and 20 harmonia mundi recordings. Repertoire will feature works from Anonymous 4’s Marie-Marion concert program: Motets & Songs from the Montpellier Codex (c. 1300).
The 13th-century French motet, in 2, 3 or 4 voices, built upon a pre-existing tenor, was the musical and notational avant-garde vehicle of its time, showcasing the growing capabilities of rhythmic notation, as it rapidly developed in complexity and flexibility throughout the century.
Repertoire drawn from the Montepellier Codex includes Latin and French motets devoted to Mary, and French motets of earthly love for Marion, Marot, Marotele, and their amorous sisters. We will also sing monophonic music on which these motets are based: plainchant masterpieces, as well as the trouvère and popular love songs so often quoted in these motets.
First class will be on Sunday July 6, 3:30 to 5:00
9 to 10:30 Conductus Class
11 to 12:15 Motets
1:45 to 3:00 Chant
3:30 to 4:45 either early notation with Valerie Horst, or the Sing Along with Anonymous 4 Class, (This class is also open to Central Program students)
Repertoire for classes will be from the Montpellier Manuscript.
Thursday 5:15 student concert.
Audition deadline extended.. June 9th! Send a bio and representative sample of your singing to us by June 9th to firstname.lastname@example.org