Latin Motets from Bamberg Codex, Summer Stage 2008
Early Musica Workshop – Sacred vocal music in Medieval Age
musical direction: Claudia Caffagni
with the support of Comune di Fontevivo
Summer Stage 2008 – from 24 to 30 August
Latin Motets from Bamberg Codex
Location: Fontevivo (Parma - Italy), Ex Collegio Maria Luigia
Registration Fee: € 250,00
Info: tel. +39 521 255826
This course will study in depth the repertory of some of the forty-four
Latin Motets contained in the Bamberg Codex (Bamberg, Staatl. Libr Ed.
IV. 6), a parchment paper manuscript of probable Parisian compilation,
which goes back to the last quarter of the 13th Century. Beyond the richness
of its musical material, the Codex is particularly interesting from the
point of view of its notation. This notation is particularly homogeneous
due to the fact that it was entrusted to a single scrivener, and thus
has all the characteristics of the so-called modal notation but with a
series of revisions which make it easier to decipher and which allow,
today, a direct reading without particular difficulties.
The work to be carried out will be to arrive at the performance of the
repertory through the direct reading of the original source material.
This activity will prove particularly stimulating as well as essential,
with the ultimate objective of a more fully aware performance.
The course is open to singers and instrument musicians for whom it will
also be possible to undertake the performance of the seven instrumental
pieces which are found at the end of the musical section of the Codex
Born and raised in a fertile musical environment, Claudia Caffagni began
her study of the lute under the guide of her father Mirco at the age of
thirteen. She continued her studies with Federico Marincola and Jacob
Lindberg, from whom she received a diploma in Lute Performance at the
Royal College of Music in London in 1989 and subsequently with Hopkinson
Smith an the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with particular emphasis on Spanish
Renaissance and German Baroque repertoire. In 1982 she began her professional
activity both as a soloist and in various ensembles, specializing in Renaissance
and pre-Baroque music. Together with the study of her instrument she also
privileged the necessary study of musical source materials, notation and
musical treatises, later concentrating her energies on the Medieval repertoire,
already from the inception of the Ensemble La Reverdie --one of the pre-eminent
ensembles specializing in the study and performance Medieval music-- of
which she is a founding member (1984).
With the Ensemble La Reverdie she has performed at the most prestigious
festivals of all Europe. She has recorded for the Italian state radio,
RAI, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Süddeutsche Rundfunk, Südwestfunk,
WDR (Germany), BRT3, Klara (Belgium), France Musique (France), ORF1 (Austria),
Antenna 2 (Portugal), RTE (Spain), Radio Televizija Slovenje (Slovenia),
Polskie Radio 2 (Poland), RSR , Espace 2 (Switzerland), CRO Radio 4 (the
Netherlands). She has recorded sixteen CDs for ARCANA, in coo-production
with WDR. All CDs has obtained a lot of prizes, first among all the Diapason
d’Or de l’année 1993.
In 1994 she awarded (with honours) in Architecture at the Istituto Universitario
di Architettura di Venezia, with a dissertation entitled: "Il temperamento
in musica e in architettura: La Schola Riccatiana", which has been
published in the book “Le architetture di Orfeo” (Casagrande-Fidia-Sapiens,
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Ensemble La Reverdie (1986-2006)
she prepared a new critical performing edition of Guillaume Dufay's Missa
Sancti Jacobi, directly transcribing the Mass from one of two of its manuscript
sources, the Codex Q15 from the Bologna Civico Museo Bibliografico Library.
She has held seminars and courses in lute and medieval music at "Alia
Musica" in Parma, at the l’Accademia Internazionale della Musica
Antica di Milano (Scuola Civica), and she is teaching Early Music performance
practice at the Conservatory "G. Tartini" in Trieste.
She teaches medieval lute and medieval notation at the Staatliche Hochschule
für Musik in Trossingen (University of Music Trossingen/Early Music
Institute). Since 2003 she has taught both Medieval music and Medieval
musical notation at the International Summer Courses of Early Music in