Musica d’insieme del XV secolo con Crawford Young 19-25 luglio 2018

Musica d’insieme del XV secolo con Crawford Young 19-25 luglio 2018




The course is open to ensembles, instrumental or vocal, or solo lutenists or other instrumentalists and singers and focuses on "Fundaments of Renaissance Music 1400-1500." with special regard to music of 1460's, 70's 80's and 90's. We will work on the basic aesthetic principles of 15th c music, mainly from Italian sources but anything else is possible as well.


Intermediate - advanced level.


It is required to send a recorded performance of 15th century music as an audition.




Crawford Young was born in New York, graduated from New England Conservatory and studied medieval music with Thomas Binkley at Stanford University prior to joining the medieval quartet Sequentia in Cologne in 1978. Young has been a founding member of two prominent medieval ensembles, Project Ars Nova and Ferrara Ensemble, which under his direction in 1996 both won a Diapason d’Or de l’Année and was a finalist for Gramophone’s Early Music Recording of the Year. Ferrara Ensemble’s most recent recording Corps femenin: l’Avant-garde de Jean Duc de Berry (Arcana A355) has received critics’ awards in France in 2010. With over thirty recordings of solo and ensemble works, Young has collaborated with prominent interpreters of early repertories, including Karl-Ernst Schroeder, Jordi Savall, Ensemble Micrologus and many others. Research publications include Sources of Early Lute Music in Facsimile (2003) and ‘Antiphon of the Angels: Angelorum psalat tripudium’ (Ricercare xx/1-2 2008).

Since 1982 Young taught lute, ensemble interpretation/ performance practice, counterpoint and organology at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. From 1989 - 94 he gave medieval lute courses at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Lyon, and since the early 1980’s has given courses in Europe, North America and Australia. From 2004 - 2012 he accompanied countertenor Andreas Scholl in numerous lute song recitals
and was musical director for a recording project of music of the German knight-poet Oswald von Wolkenstein, with the ensemble Shield of Harmony.

Crawford Young has dedicated much of his career as a lutenist to establishing a modern repertory of lute music from c. 1450-c. 1500, for solo lute and lute duo. His work amply demonstrates how to play polyphony using a feather and fingernails, an historical technique which main-stream modern lutenists typically shun.

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