14th International Course of Medieval Music

July 30th to the 5th of August 2023

The 14th International Course of Medieval Music 2023 is organized by the Associazione Musicale Micrologus and the Centro Studi Europeo di Musica Medievale Adolfo Broegg and it is in partnership with:

pastedGraphic.png      Fondation Royaumont – Paris

pastedGraphic_1.png     Haute École de Musique de Genève -Département de Musique Ancienn

A special thanks the “Amici di Micrologus” Committee, with their support we will be able to fund part of the activities of the International Course 2023. 

July 30th to the 5th of August 2023

The Course is divided into two levels:


(higher technical level), mainly dedicated to the theme in the program: Italian Ars Nova 


Ordinary Courses

(for everyone), in which it is possible to study, in addition to the selected music, even the repertoire of your choice.

Ars Nova Revolution

The Ars Nova was for all intents and purposes a revolution that changed the face of musical culture in the late Middle Ages. 

The access that we have to this ‘new art’ today is thanks to the fact that it was recorded on parchment using a system of notation given famously in the Ars Nova treatise of Philippe de Vitry [Paris, c.1320]. Leaving the 13th-c. Ars Antiqua behind, de Vitry presented two crucial innovations: note values of smaller duration than the semibreve, and the use of proportion, or cross-rhythms, in polyphony. He opened the door for the explosion of new notional possibilities in the 14th-c., followed by Machaut and his successors, while at the same time creating a theoretical platform for the transmission of new styles of secular and sacred polyphony. Yet it should also be noted that de Vitry’s treatise was written primarily “not in order to expand the theoretical frontiers of notation but in response to what is being performed.” 

Not everyone was enthralled with the New Art, as some clerical listeners found it inconsistent with the purpose of Gregorian chant. In 1322 Pope John XII issued a bull “excommunicating” this innovative style:

 “Some disciples of a new school committing all their attention to measuring time, try with new notes to express tunes invented only by them, at the expense of the ancient pitches which they replace with others composed of brevi and semibrevi and almost elusive notes. They interrupt melodies, make them effeminate by the use of discanto…. The multitude of their notes erases the simple and balanced reasoning by which in plain chant one note is distinguished from another. They run and never rest, they intoxicate the ears and do not cure the souls; they imitate with gestures what they play, so that the devotion that was sought is forgotten and the laxity that was to be avoided is shown.” 

In the realm of secular song, rhythm fused with metrical texts originated a new style that exploited vernacular language and polyphony to sing about love. Coating poetic forms such as the ballad the madrigal the caccia with sound and rhythm gave them a new life. 

These are the focus of the 14th International Course, the Ars Nova in Italy, featuring the works of Jacopo da Bologna, Lorenzo da Firenze, Niccolo da Perugia, Francesco Landini, and Andrea da Firenze.


Ordinary Courses

Singing: Patrizia Bovi  –  assistant Andres Montilla

Wind instruments (pipe & tabor, flutes, bagpipes): Goffredo Degli Esposti

Fiddle/ Rebec: Gabriele Russo

Wind instruments ensemble /Alta cappella – Ian Harrison

Lute, guittern and oud (Europe – Middle East): Peppe Frana

Hurdy-gurdy / Symphonia: Giordano Ceccotti

Percussion / Dulcimer: Enea Sorini

Portative organ, hammered clavisimbalum: Ryszard Lubieniecki

LESSONS are INDIVIDUAL, and concern both technique and interpretation within historical performance practice. Lessons are open to auditors


9.30 a.m.-1.00 p.m. LESSONS 

1:00-3:00 p.m.: LUNCH BREAK

3:00-4:45 p.m.: WORKSHOPS A and MASTERCLASS 


5:15-7:00 p.m.: WORKSHOPS B and MASTERCLASS 


EVENING – (program in preparation)

SUNDAY  30 of July August
registration and payment

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Welcome aperitif

August 5: FINAL CONCERT by the students


1 – “Jacopo da Bologna”

with Crawford Young

for singers and instrumentalists

Often overshadowed in modern music history by Francesco Landini, Jacopo da Bologna was, in a number of aspects, a more interesting composer. A generation older than Landini, his works number far fewer than the Florentine’s, yet within the confinements of the madrigal form, they achieve an interesting variety of compositional techniques and lyrical melodies. This class, for singers and instrumentalists, will provide an introduction to Jacopo’s art.

2 – Cantare super librum”

with Niels Berentsen

for singers

In his Regulae de contrapunto (Veneto, ca. 1400) Antonius de Leno provides a comprehensive instruction for learning to sing discant. The result of such improvisations can still be appreciated from liturgical compositions such as Paolo da Firenze’s Gaudeamus omnes setting. During this workshop we will aim to recreate this particular early-fifteenth century Italian dialect of improvised counterpoint or cantare super librum. 





ENSEMBLE CLASS FOR SMALL GROUPS (beginners) A – 1° Goffredo Degli Esposti / 2° Gabriele Russo

ENSEMBLE CLASS FOR SMALL GROUPS (advanced) A – Peppe Frana  

STRING INSTRUMENT MAINTENANCE  B (Friday afternoon only) -Giordano Ceccotti




August 1st, 3.30 pm – 

2 August, 7.30 pm – ”


Scheduled courses

Courses of Singing, Strings (Viella and Ribeca), Lute, Wind instruments, Hurdy-gurdy (historical and traditional), medieval percussions and Dulcimer

Conferences and theoretical lessons

With scholars and musicologists who will study the different aspects of the music of the Medieval period


with Veronique Daniels : Balli and Bassedanze from Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro

The teachers

Niels Berentsen  

(The Hague, 1987) is a singer, researcher, and music educator.  As a researcher, Niels has investigated techniques of polyphonic improvisation in the 1300-1500 period. He has spoken on this topic, amongst others, at the Fondazione Cini’s ‘Con la mente e con le mani’ conference (Venice, 2013), the Utrecht Early Music Festival (2014), the Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, where he also chaired a session on historical improvisation (Brussels, 2015), and the festival Laus Polyphoniae (Antwerp, 2016). He was interviewed about his research by the newspaper NRC Handelsblad, and his publications have appeared in the Journal of the Alamire Foundation and the Tijdschrift Oude Muziek. He received his PhD from Leiden University in 2016.
Niels has taught the theory and performance of medieval and Renaissance music at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague since 2011. Since 2018 he is professor of improvised counterpoint at the Haute École de Musique de Genève (Switserland). Guest-lessons about polyphonic improvisation have been given at the Russian Gnessin’s Academy of Music (Moscow), the Israel Conservatory of Music (Tel-Aviv), the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Kodály Institute (Kecskemét), and the House of Polyphony (Leuven).



Ryszard Lubieniecki

Ryszard Lubieniecki – composer, musicologist, instrumentalist, and improviser from Poland. 

He studied composition and accordion performance at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz (Poland). Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Musicology at the University of Wrocław, where he studies late medieval music. His recent research focuses on the memory craft and its relationship to musical and theoretical sources from the early XV century. Besides the accordion, he plays medieval keyboard instruments (portative organ, hammered clavisimbalum). He is the co-founder of contemporary music trio Layers, the medieval music ensemble Vox Imaginaria, and more ephemeral groups of free improvised music, e.g. Widzicie, Lubieniecki/Rupniewski, and Ute von Bingen. In January 2023 his album „Musikformen der Natur” with new pieces for portative organ has been released by EMA Vinci.




Singing/Instrument/Masterclass: 310 €

*Fee includes LESSONS and WORKSHOPS


Singing/Instrument/Masterclass: 250 €

Singing/Instrument: 180 €

ENSEMBLE FEE* (minimum 3 members):
Singing/Instrument/Masterclass: 250€

*Fee includes LESSONS and WORKSHOPS


Singing/Instrument course: 230 €

Singing/Instrument: 170 €


We kindly ask the students to send an advance of €. 100 from 1st to 10th July to finalize the application.

After this date will be still possible to apply with an additional fee of 40€.

It is possible to have 6 LUNCHES by paying €70 more.


Here is the  APPLICATION FORM 2023 to fill out and, please, send a email to stefania.shine@gmail.com




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Applications to the Course:

Level: beginner advanced

Instrument played and preferred tuning:

Practical vocal or instrumental since:


Knowledge of voice / instrument (specify diploma conservatory, regular school attendance courses, private education, autodidact):

Teachers had:

Other musical knowledge:

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Please send the application form at: stefania.shine@gmail.com