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Apr 07, 2019

Renaissance Summer School

4 to 11 August 2019

Les Cris de Paris: The Sounds of Court & City in 16th-century France

The Courtiers of Grace - Gawain Glenton, director

There are bursaries available, more information here.

The 2019 Renaissance Course will take place at Girton College, Cambridge.

This week will focus on the varied, moving and often playful music that emerged from France during the turbulent 16th century. The varied repertoire will include double-choir sacred motets, instrumental dance music published by Pierre Attaingnant, exquisite airs de cour (by composers such as Sermisy and Tessier) and the ingenious instrumental fantasias of Eustache du Caurroy. It will be the perfect opportunity to make new friends through old music, and to develop your skills under the guidance of a world-class team of tutors.

Each day of the course will be divided between sectional rehearsals and ensembles, both large and small, directed by our specialist tutors. The after-dinner sessions might include informal performances of works covered during the day. The first session of the day will be spent working on large-scale pieces in which all course members can take part. Music for the ensemble sessions need not be limited to French repertoire only, and participants are welcome to explore music from other countries.

In a new departure for the Summer School, Catherine Motuz will run a session entitled ‘How to Sing Like a Ten-Year-Old Boy’, in which she will coach the skills of improvised counterpoint as it was understood in the 16th century. This will be open to all but is not compulsory.