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Medieval Women’s Choir
PO Box 19403
Seattle, WA 98109

Zomerzang 2021

Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm PDT
June 21 – August 16
Led by Sally Mitchell and Bill McJohn
All classes will be held via Zoom.

Zomerzang is a summertime collegium for medieval music.  Zomerzang 2021 will have offerings for both singers and instrumentalists, plus it’s being kicked off by an Introduction to Medieval Modes.  Singers and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome to explore music from 13th-century France.

June 21 – Introduction to Medieval Modes,
                  Led by Bill McJohn
June 28 – July 19: Zomerzang Ensemble for Instrumentalists,
                  Led by Sally Mitchell and Bill McJohn
July 26 – August 16: Zomerzang for Singers,
                 Led by Sally Mitchell

Singers and instrumentalists of all levels are welcome.  The Introduction to Medieval Modes on June 21 is included in both the instrumentalists’ and the singers’ classes. Registration fee for instrumental and vocal section includes Introduction to Medieval Modes. (Course descriptions below,.)

 

 

Introduction to Medieval Modes (led by Bill McJohn)
Monday evening, 7:00-8:30 p.m. PDT
June 21 | Tuition: $20

The medieval modes are the theoretical foundation of music of the time, and a basic understanding of the modes and how they contribute to the structure of the music will give us the foundational tools for creating arrangements of the vocal and instrumental works in the rest of the classes. (If registering for either instrumental or vocal sessions, Modes is included in tuition.)

This class will be held via Zoom.

Zomerzang Ensemble for Instrumentalists (led by Sally Mitchell and Bill McJohn)

Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
June 28 – July 19 | Tuition: $80

What instruments were used in medieval music?  Who played the instruments?  What was their repertoire?  These are questions we’ll endeavor to answer, plus we’ll play medieval instrumental music using vocal and instrumental sources and explore different ways to craft accompaniments for vocal and instrumental pieces.

The class includes the Introduction to Medieval Modes on June 21. The medieval modes are the theoretical foundation of music of the time, and a basic understanding of the modes and how they contribute to the structure of the music will give us the foundational tools for creating arrangements of the vocal and instrumental works in the rest of the class.

We’ll look at instrumental music from 13th-century French sources, including La Seconde Estampie Royal and La Quinte Estampie Real from the Chansonnier du Roi, and learn about motets: two- and three-voice French motets and the spectacular four-voice motet “Plus bele / Quant revient / L’autrier joer / Flos filius” from the Montpelier manuscript, plus we’ll explore accompaniment options for the pastourelle “Au tems pascor” from the trouvere repertoire.

All instrumentalists are welcome.  Participants should have basic music-reading ability.

All classes will be held via Zoom.

Zomerzang for Singers (led by Sally Mitchell)

Monday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
June 21 and July 26 – August 16 | Tuition: $80

Join us in 13th-century France as we accompany our fictitious knight/narrator on his journeys throughout the countryside.  He encounters fair maidens and lots of colorful characters planning fetes with plenty of food, drink, music, and dancing.  One of our central characters, Guiot, is a working musician who hopes to be making lots of money playing for upcoming weddings, and our story wouldn’t be complete without a fight over a girl.

This is the world we find depicted in the French pastourelle, one of the lighter-hearted genres within the trouvere repertoire.  This was music for courtly entertainment, and the aristocrats loved to imagine themselves taking part in the seemingly care-free pastimes of the country folk.

Music will be from 13th-century French sources, including the pastourelle “Au tems pascor, and “Volez vous que je vous chant” from the trouvere repertoire.  We’ll learn about motets: two- and three-voice French motets and the spectacular four-voice motet “Plus bele / Quant revient / L’autrier joer / Flos filius” from the Montpelier manuscript.

The class includes the Introduction to Medieval Modes on June 21. The medieval modes are the theoretical foundation of music of the time, and a basic understanding of the modes and how they contribute to the structure of the music will give us the foundational tools for creating arrangements of the vocal and instrumental works in the rest of the class.

All singers are welcome.  Participants should have basic music-reading ability.

All classes will be held via Zoom.