Medieval and Renaissance Music

In 2006 the Institute for Early Music at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, opened its new department for studies of medieval and renaissance music (Head of department: Prof. Kees Boeke).

The department offers a masters degree for students who wish to specialize in the theory and practice of music before 1550. Special emphasis is given to the transformation of theoretical knowledge into workable, practical and sounding music by studying, and performing from, original notation. Critical comparison of all available sources and criteria governing text-underlay and musica ficta are the essential tools in the process of autonomously producing scores for practical performance.

Generally, each semester will see the focus on four different subjects, be it manuscripts, composers, genres or single compositions. Each of these subjects is illuminated during four-day seminars once a month, in order to create deep insight into detailed questions regarding all aspects of the repertoire.
Coaching in any of the instrumental and vocal disciplines of the period is offered as well as extensive ensemble training.

The program also includes courses in Gregorian chant, cantus super librum, training in composition in historical forms (Satzlehre), linguistic courses in early Italian and French, seminars on the visual arts and cultural history of the period and a detailed musicological overview of the formal and stylistic developments from the 12th to the 16th century.

Our philosophy is to create a multi-faceted study program, which will thoroughly familiarize the students with all the problems related to deciphering the incredibly rich heritage of the first four centuries of western music, and will give them the tools to successfully explore these largely un-opened treasures.


Prof. Kees Boeke
Claudia Caffagni (Early Notation)
Prof. Dr. Nicole Schwindt (Musicology)
Prof. Dr. Pierre Funck  (Theory)
Dr. Bernhard Hangartner (Gregorian Chant)
Alan Howlett (History of Art and Culture)
Philipp Zimmermann (Romance Studies - Early Languages and Culture History) et al.

Q.v. Trossinger Symposien zur Renaissancemusikforschung (German)