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19–22 September 2019
Villa Vipolže, Goriška brda

International masterclass

Figuration of invisible things
Opinions, styles and interpretations of singing in Leonardo Da Vinci’s lifetime

Masterclass professor: Marco Beasley
Masterclass assistant professor: Fabio Accurso

in collaboration with DRAMSAM Centro Giuliano di Musica Antica & 
Musica Cortes festival

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Between 1500s and 1600s, the musical style underwent a great change. Roughly speaking, we could say that the music moved from the realm of polyphony to that of the accompanied monody. The latter is destined to move the listener's emotions while seeking, rather than the unchanging relationship with the divine, the intrinsic drama of human relations.  At the beginning of the sixteenth century, especially at the court of Isabelle d'Este, the frottolas were flourishing and spread rapidly throughout Italy and the territories extending across the Alps. They consisted of small musical narratives, mainly for singing and lute. Many writers and scholars, including Leonardo da Vinci, who described music as a form of "presentation of the invisible things,” dealt with these little music miniatures. During the course of the masterclass, we will focus primarily on this happy period in the Italian music history and deal with the performing and "staging" of frottolas. We will get to know the repertoire of high culture that developed at the end of the sixteenth century by using the monody par excellence, the recitar cantando. Special time will be dedicated to the daily practice of performing pieces of the oral tradition. The aim of this didactic choice is the development of the personal vocal technique (breathing, sound emission, intonation), which favours listening to the other by using apparently simple songs, happy testimonies of emotions and cultural depth.

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The masterclass is open to the public.


The masterclass participants are able to propose pieces of their choice related to the period. It is necessary to send the teacher the scores of these pieces at least one month before the masterclass starts.

Suggested repertoire:
- Le Frottole per canto e liuto, libro I e II del Bossiniensis, 1509 & 1511

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Masterclass application deadline: 5 September 2019

Masterclass price: €200 

Passive attendance: €50 

The masterclass participants take care of their own meals and accommodation.

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The number of participants is limited; minimum 5 and maximum 15.
Places will be allocated according to the date on the completed registration form.
The application deadline is 5 September 2019.  
In the case of participant cancellation, the organizer will retain 20% of the participation fee to cover the administrative expenses.

Payment method:

To the sub account of the Kulturni doma Nova Gorica
UJP (Public Payment Office), Postojna Branch
IBAN: SI56012846030358603 
Reference: SI99



Marco Beasley was born in Portici, near Naples, in 1957. During his musical studies at the University of Bologna, he deepened his knowledge of the two stylistic pivots of the late Renaissance – recitar cantando and sacred and secular polyphony. He thus began an active concert career, which quickly took him to some of the most prestigious venues, from the Mozarteum in Salzburg to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome to Lincoln Centre in New York. As a singer, actor and writer, the personality of Marco Beasley embraces the carefree soul of Naples, the joie de vivre of making music, and the desire to confront the world of poetry and literature. "Many different qualities reside within him: the clear and unmistakable purity of timbre in his voice; a very particular vocal technique, which is the result of extensive personal study and historical research; the love of words, both sophisticated and dialectical; a natural predisposition for communication and expressiveness. All result in a variety of vocal colours and registers, a captivating musical approach in which joy and burlesque irreverence give way to a more plaintive and solitary style, at once intimate and moving. From Gregorian chant to polyphony, from the sixteenth-century frottola to motets, from recitar cantando to the great Neapolitan songs, up to modern re-inventions of historical genres: Marco’s exceptional qualities both vocal and expressive, united with his personal sensibility and fantasy, result in interpretations which are always new and allow him to cover an enormously vast range of musical styles and periods" (from an interview with M° Guido Morini). His personal research into vocal production and the intelligibility of sung texts have earned him the praise of an ever-increasing public. In 2009, the Dutch VSCD (Association of Theatre and Concert Halls) nominated him for Best Performer of the Year. Marco Beasley’s discography is ample and wide-ranging. Most recordings are with the ensemble Accordone, which he founded together with Guido Morini and Stefano Rocco in 1984. In 2014, he chose to leave the group in order to venture down an even more personal and independent path unconnected with the name of the ensemble. 2013 marked the release of the CD Il Racconto di Mezzanotte, in which the singing is more than ever the sound of a narration, an intimate and contemplative tale recounted entirely by single voice. With this CD, the publication of Le Strade del Cuore (2016) and the recent album Catarì, Maggio, l'Ammore (2017) he started a self-production; these recordings are exclusively sold at the concert's venues.


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