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Medieval Irish plainchant

Carolin Margraf

75 mins

Level: Intermediate+

Thursday July 29th

15:30 - 16:45 GMT

This event will be available to ticket holders to join at the given date and time

  • Times shown are Irish summer time (GMT+1)
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Event Overview

Using a beautiful example of medieval Irish plainchant in Latin, from a calfskin antiphonary used at St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, in the 15th century, Carolin will explore ways of improvising fuller textures around plainchant melodies. She will introduce you to helpful models contained in the 13th-century Vatican Organum treatise, works from the Notre Dame school of 12th- and 13th-century Paris, and introduce you to techniques described by Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376–1445) in order to help you develop your skills in your performance of medieval church music.

Carolin may also have time to introduce you to a new, cutting-edge, free online tool for medieval improvisation that may help you to continue to work on this, beyond this session!

Materials provided in advance: PDF handouts provided.

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