Ensemble - Collegium

The term Collegium Musicum typically signifies a small ensemble with a focus on early music. Thus, the repertoire comes from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. This is a massive repertoire, of course, including such major genres as: liturgical and secular monophony; the madrigals of England and Italy; the “part-songs” of various European countries; the chanson (and its numerous offshoots); the polyphonic Mass; early and late motets; and various idioms of solo song.

In addition, we have in the past explored some rare musics from later eras and with long historical roots: folk repertoire, shape-note singing and other hymnody.

Directed by:      Dr. James Maiello
Rehearsals:  Thursdays, 11:30 am to 12:45 pm

 In a rehearsal / study environment topics such as the following are explored:

  • The relationship of language and music; text-setting and archaic forms of major languages of the era(s).
  • Varying forms of musical notation, with some work from original examples.
  • Changes in metric constructs; unbarred music and the phrase; language / poetry as a force in rhythmic shape.
  • Performance practice: including variable instrumentation, the approach to basic sound, questions of pitch-standard; intabulation; the “ayre” as solo vs. ensemble vocal medium; issues of transposition; original context / objectives of particular compositions; issues of “authenticity.”
  • The complex issues of musica ficta, and the intricate interplay of modality / tonality.
  • Constant review of harmonic scheme and phrase structure, as an aid in sight-reading, interpretation and comprehension.
  • Working in unfamiliar clefs; related issues of transcription.
  • Issues of balance, sound mass and tuning in early music.

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2019 2020 Concert Season