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International Late Medieval and Renaissance Course | Republic of San Marino

San Marino International Summer Music Courses

“Du Fay & the Malatesta”
August 16-25, 2019


“Du Fay & the Malatesta”

Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474) was already acknowledged as an accomplished composer during his lifetime. His polyphonic works in various genres were widely admired and influential. Performances of his music were widespread and he obtained employment in various positions in important European religious centers.

San Marino is only 20 km away from Rimini, one of the cities under the rule of Lord Carlo Malatesta (1368-1429) during Du Fay’s time. Hence, in 2019 we shall focus on the music of the Malatesta court with a special focus on Du Fay’s compositions.

Du Fay met Lord Carlo Malatesta of Rimini at the Council of Constance. Just a little later, in 1420, Du Fay started working for him. He also became acquainted with the Malatesta family of Pesaro – relatives of the Malatesta of Rimini – and spent some time at their court.

In the following years he composed various works alluding to members of both Malatesta families and their activity, and he included the names of some of the musicians of Malatesta’s court at Rimini in the rondeau Hé compaignons.

In this course we will learn about:

  • The relationship between Du Fay and the Malatesta families
  • Works that he composed during his stay at the Malatesta courts
  • Works of other contemporary composers in the same milieu


Courses offered

Main course
“The Music of the Malatestas: Du Fay and his contemporaries”
16-25 august

This is a rare opportunity for students to experience how professional ensembles prepare a concert program by an intensive, detailed week-long immersion. We will focus on: working as a group, phrasing, style, tuning, ornamentation, rhetoric and artistic stage presence.

The main objective of the course is to prepare a selected group of pieces for public performance.

The program will illustrate the relation of the Malatesta families to the music of the time, featuring works by Du Fay and other composers such as Hugo of Lantins. Keyboard intabulations of Du Fay works and his contemporaries, and declamations from Malatesta’s Canzoniere will be included in the program.

This course includes both the theory course (17th and 18th, see below) and performance practice (16th-24th).

Singers (when singing is taken as the main instrument):
Singers will receive 3 individual lessons with Giovanni Cantarini (performance practice, 2 lessons) and Monica Boschetti (voice technique, 1 lesson).
Students willing to add more individual singing lessons may do so, look at the section “Voice courses” below.

Portative organ / medieval keyboards students will also receive individual lessons.
Instrumentalists will receive also lessons in small group.

Course aimed at:
Singers and performers of keyboard instruments, bowed/plucked instruments and wind instruments of the period.
Instruments used at the course should be models corresponding to the period (15th century) or as close as possible.
Portative organs are available to rent for students who don’t have one. Contact us for more information.

Course taught by:
Cristina Alís Raurich (theory, ensemble, portative organ, and medieval keyboards), with the collaboration of Giovanni Cantarini as vocal coach for singers.

As the public performances are considered an integral part of the course, students will not receive payment for their participation.

Fee: 420€

Reduced fee for existing ensembles: for musicians who can prove they have been a member of the group more than a year and where at least two members of the group are signing up for the course, there is a reduced fee of 340€ per person.

Listeners: 150€ (no listening on the 17th and 18th)


Theory course
“Who was Du Fay?”
17-18 august

This course focuses on a group of selected topics in order better to understand Guillaume Du Fay and his works in their historical and social context:

  • Historical background: Du Fay and The Malatesta families
  • Du Fay – master of various musical genres – and his contemporaries: works, forms, and style
  • Notation in the early 15th century
  • Poetry and Du Fay
  • Instruments of the period: questions on performance practice

Course aimed at:
Musicians, musicologists, renaissancists

Course taught by:
Cristina Alís Raurich

This course is already included for those taking the main course “The Music of the Malatestas: Du Fay and his contemporaries”.
Otherwise, the theory course can be taken alone without the performance practice course.

Fee: 120€


Singing lessons
Voice courses with Giovanni Cantarini / Monica Boschetti
16-23 august

Giovanni Cantarini: vocal performance practice of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance
He offers individual lessons on the days 16th, 17th, 22nd and 23rd of August.

Monica Boschetti: voice technique
She will offer lessons from the 18th to the 23rd of August.

Singers who are registered at the Main Course “The Music of the Malatestas: Du Fay and his contemporaries” will be able to add more individual lessons in addition to the 3 individual lessons that are already included in the price.

The student can decide how many lessons to add and with which teacher.

It is possible to receive singing lessons without taking the rest of the courses. The teacher and number of lessons is to be chosen by the student. Students may combine lessons with both teachers.

Fee: 40€ each individual lesson

Note: Individual lessons of medieval keyboards are only possible when taking the Main course.


About the International Course on Late Medieval & Renaissance Music of San Marino

Courses on late medieval and renaissance music performance are rarely seen in conservatories and music schools. Today, many performers are thus missing a large and rich part of music history – six centuries – from their education, the fundament of today’s understanding of Western music.

This course offers musicians the opportunity to have a taste of late medieval and renaissance music – both for those who are new to the field as well as those with previous knowledge. We will explore one topic a year, taking you on a walk through the past centuries.

Take the journey into the origins of modern music and get to experiment with music in a new and surprising way by adding new tools to your palette. In this way, you will gain an insight into early music practice while enjoying stunning repertories.

Experiment this summer with the colours of 15th-century polyphony and increase your performance skills with:

– a 9-day course in the stunning city of San Marino
– 3 faculty members
– 2 courses: theory and performance practice

Find out more about your own music history and obtain precious tools for developing your artistic career.

Are you ready to start exploring? Fill in the registration form, send it to us, and we will get in touch with you soon.



In what language is the course?

English, Italian.

I don’t have an instrument. Can I participate?
Do not you have a portative organ? Get in touch with us to learn about the possibilities of renting one.
For other instruments please get in touch with us to know about possibilities.

Do students need to have previous knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance music?
It is not necessary to have previous knowledge on Du Fay’s music, but students should be able to read music fluently.
We do accept beginners for portative organ and and any other medieval keyboards.
We are not able to offer lessons for beginners for other instruments besides portative organ and medieval keyboards.

What are the lodging possibilities?
Write to to get detailed information about the various possibilities and prices.

More questions?



Contact the organization with the following information:

– Complete name and personal details
– Short CV
– Professional Photo

After you are accepted at the course, then you will be requested to pay the fee.
When we receive the payment your reservation will be confirmed.