Workshops/Festivals 2009

Workshops/Festivals 2009: (BE) Course Manneristic Madrigals of Monteverdi

Contributed by Musica on Nov 09, 2009

Fans of early music don’t need an introduction of Claudio Monteverdi. For a long time, he was known for the first unsurpassed highlights of the early Western opera. Yet, his operas did not raise eyebrows, his madrigal bundles did. An example: in the foreword of his fifth Madrigal bundle, we read the discussion between Artusi and Monteverdi whether or not to use the new monidistic style.

The madrigal bundles of Monteverdi are musical highlights, which bring a scala of human fealings. He experiments with his madrigal which results in a frequent use of chromatic, expressive harmonies and dissonants. In front is the exact musical representation of the text.

Jan Van Elsacker and Simen Van Mechelen explore these three- to eight- voice madrigals. The teachers mainly focus on text expression and ensemble singing.

Teachers: Jan Van Elsacker en Simen Van Mechelen
Instrumentation: Vocal ensembles; or Advanced and pre-professional choral and ensemble singers

Number of participants: max. 24 singers
Dates: Friday 19 February (6 p.m.) until Sunday 21 February 2010 (6 p.m.)
Prijs: 165 Euro. The price includes meals and lodging. If available, a single room can be booked (supplement of 10 Euro/night).
Location: Domein Dommelhof, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Neerpelt
Presentation of results: Sunday 21 February 2010 at 4 p.m.

Selection: Selection is based on your curriculum vitae. Send your CV to As of 1 December 2009, selections will take place once a month. It is possible that a certain voice type is fully booked, even before the registration period ends.

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