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Medieval Music in the Dales Vocal Polyphony Study Day

Exploring the Polyphony of the Fifteenth Century

Richard de Winter
Medieval Music in the Dales Vocal Polyphony Study Day

"Tapissier, Carmen and Césaris not so long ago sang so well that they astonished all Paris. But the day came when they did not discant such finely wrought melody - as I am told by those that heard them - as did Dufay and Binchois. For these two have ways of harmonising in both loud and soft music, in the use of accidentals, of rests, and in variations. They have taken up the English style, and follow Dunstable. And so a marvellous pleasingness makes their music joyful and remarkable." (Martin le Franc, 1430s)

​As this suggests, the fifteenth century was one of amazing innovation and accomplishment in vocal music. This was a decisive period for song as an artistic form: songs began to distinguish themselves from masses and motets and to acquire their own validity. Vocal polyphony was marked by sonorous harmonies, shapely melodies and flexible rhythms. Our Vocal Polyphony Study Day offers the chance to get to grips with some of this splendid repertoire. It's led by MMitD's regular choirmaster Richard de Winter.

The Study Day is suitable for singers with some experience; the ability to read music will be a great help but if necessary let us know in advance if you prefer another learning method.

10am-5pm, refreshments and lunch included.

  • 🎉Medieval Music in the Dales
  • 📅Thu 7 September 2023
  • 📍St Oswald's Church, Leyburn
  • 🕑10:00am
  • 🎫£40

St Oswald's Church, Leyburn
DL8 4ET, Leyburn, United Kingdom

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