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Umeå Akademiska Kör

Musica Practica Poetica

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Renaissance ideas to illuminate musical learning & music-making today by David Kettlewell .

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PDF1 (1.2 MB) PDF2 (1.4 MB).

CONTENTS:

Introduction - going forwards by looking back...?
1. RENAISSANCE PEDAGOGICS
 sources of inspiration
 skill with knowledge
 detailed prescriptions vs. basic principles
 the learner's authentic experience
 Polymathes - many areas of knowledge
 Philomathes - love of knowledge
 empowerment, learning by doing
 pedagogics of improvisation
2. WHAT MUSIC IS
 musica mundana, humana, instrumentalis
 contrapunctus simplex, floridus, rhetorica
 oratio pura & ornata
 decorum & sprezzatura
 polymathes in practice
 singing & instruments
 vocal & instrumental music
 pitch - tuning - vibrato - singing techniques
3. PEOPLE AND THEIR FUNCTIONS
 one voice - one person
 fitting people & parts
 whole consort, broken consort
 who leads?
4. READING WRITTEN NOTES
 musical abc
 page layout
 text underlay
 performing passaggi
 moving the passions
5. IMPROVISING
 a single part
 passaggi
 sharp & flat notes
 in consort

Appendix 1:
What keyboard music is

Appendix 2:
Combining different levels of skill

Appendix 3:
Improvising passaggi

Appendix 4:
Rule of thumb for simple consonant harmony

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