Cambridge Early Music Baroque and Renaissance Summer Schools 2019
Our 2019 baroque summer school will be devoted to exploring Charpentier’s wonderful music in the context of his court rivals, including Jean-Baptiste Lully, Henri Dumont, Michel-Richard Delalande and François Couperin. The centre piece will be Charpentier’s Messe pour Monsieur Mauroy (1691), the longest and finest of his eleven settings of the mass. We also plan to work on a range of other music by him and his rivals, including Peter Holman’s reconstruction of the original orchestral form of Couperin’s Concert dans le goût théâtral, and music written by Charpentier and Lully for Molière's plays. There will be a focus on the specialised techniques required to perform French music in le bon goût, including how and when to apply notes inégales and ornaments.
The Renaissance week will focus on the varied, moving and often playful music that emerged from France during the turbulent 16th century. The varied repertoire will include double-choir sacred motets, instrumental dance music published by Pierre Attaingnant, exquisite airs de cour (by composers such as Sermisy and Tessier) and the ingenious instrumental fantasias of Eustache du Caurroy. It will be the perfect opportunity to make new friends through old music and to develop your skills under the guidance of a world-class team of tutors.