Concerts & Events
Zoom Collegium Spring 2021:
Singing Medieval Song and The Birth of Polyphony
Third Sundays, April 18 and May 16 2:00 pm (Pacific)
The MWC presents Zoom Collegium, a pair of workshops on singing medieval music conducted by our Artistic Director, Eric Mentzel. The repertoire of the second workshop will be related to the one before, but the workshops will be designed so that they can also be taken individually. These offerings will take place on Sunday afternoons, April 18 and May 16. Registration is $20 per class, however, cost should not be a barrier to participation (just let us know you’d like to defer the registration fee with a scholarship on the registration form). You may register for either session; however, attendance at both in sequence is recommended.
Sunday, April 18, 2-3:15 PM: Singing Medieval Song: Performing medieval song is full of challenges for the modern singer. Often lacking the familiar organizing elements of harmony and unambiguous rhythm, how do we imbue such music with life and succeed in engaging the listener? In this workshop, we will look at the roots of medieval song and uncover the hidden logic of its modes and structure.
Sunday, May 16, 2-3:15: The Birth of Polyphony. The virtuoso polyphonic (multi-part) works of the high middle ages are based on an improvisatory art that anyone can learn in the privacy of their home! The basics of this practice are described by medieval writers and can be deduced from pieces preserved in such manuscripts as the Codex Calixtinus, the Codex Las Huelgas, and sources from Notre Dame and St. Martial. In this workshop, we will use these principles to create our own polyphonic masterpieces.