17-21 July  2017


Main theme of the 8th Course:  Niccolò da Perugia and Trecento Florentine music.




Ballads, Madrigals and Caccie of love of a Perugian in Florence in the Fourteenth Century.
Discovering the music of Magister Ser Nicholaus Preposito de Perugia, a Perugian composer active, above all, in Florence in the second half of the Fourteenth Century. His production of works, which often set to music texts by poets such as Florentine Soldanieri and Sacchetti is conserved in 21 ballads, 16 madrigals and 4 caccie, and gives us a comprehensive picture of the Fourteenth Century music demonstrating how the Italian Ars Nova alternates high and low period style, with music for the court and music in “bourgeois taste”.


Ordinary courses:

Singing – Patrizia Bovi

Choral singing – Simone Sorini

Lute – Peppe Frana

Flutes, shawn and bagpipes – Goffredo Degli Esposti

Hurdy-gurdy and Symphonia – Giordano Ceccotti (18-21 july)

Fiddle and rebec – Gabriele Russo

Wind Instruments Ensemble/Alta Cappella – Ian Harrison

Medievale and Renaissance percussion – Gabriele Miracle (intensive course, only 20-21 july)

Complementary courses:


Ensemble class for small groups – Goffredo Degli Esposti, Gabriele Russo

Ensemble class – Peppe Frana




SINGING – Parizia Bovi

Patrizia Bovi, born in Assisi,  begun very early to study music first at Perugia Conservatory and then with Sergio Pezzetti.

Early ensemble work included medieval/Renaissance music with Ensemble Alia Musica (Milan), during which time she attended various seminars on early vocal performance practice in Italy and Europe. Concurrently she interpreted sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italian repertory including Monteverdi (Ballo delle Ingrate, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, ecc.) and related repertory (La Dafnefrom Marco da Gagliano, Euridice from Jacopo Peri and La Morte di Orfeo from Stefano Landi), and in subsequent years widened her areas of expertise to include music from the thirteenth-century through contemporary music. Bovi has collaborated with various musicians, including Antonio Florio, Pino de Vittorio, Franco Pavan, Marcel Peres, Crawford Young, Begona Olavide and Chiara Banchini . In the 2007/8 season she directed and performed music for the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s project ‘Myth’, which saw performances in over eighty theaters in Europe and North America.

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Patrizia Bovi


In the 2010/2011 she performed and composed part of music for the choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet’s project “Babel” and Cherkaoui’s “Play”.

“Babel” received in 2011 two “Laurence Olivier” awards.

In 1984 Patrizia Bovi founded Ensemble Micrologus, specialists of medieval Italian music, whose performances continue to find acclaim among international audiences.

Together with Micrologus she recorded numerous CDs for Quadrivium and Opus 111, including the prize-winning “Landini and his Contemporaries” (Diapason d’orde l’annèe 1996), “O Jhesu dolce” (Diapason d’or 1997), and “Napolitane” Opus 111 (Diapason d’or de l’annèee 1999).

She founded Meduza project in 2011 to perform unknown repertoires, first two projects were “Lucrezia la figlia del papa”on Lucrezia Borgia’s life and “Justiniane or l’aer veneziano”XV centurty venitian repertotire.

Additionally Bovi is active teaching courses on medieval singing, flavored with years of experience in the performance of Italian traditional music, in settings such as Corsi di Musica Antica (Urbino), Fondation Royaumont (Paris) and University of Texas (Austin).

She teachs at the Centro Studi europeo di musica medievale Adolfo Broegg in Spello since 2009.

In 2008 she was awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” from the Minister of French Culture.



CHORAL SINGING – Simone Sorini

Simone Sorini, graduated in musicology, he carries out philologist and researcher activity – focusing for many years on the music repertoires from the Duchy of Montefeltro and the Della Rovere family, as a result of which he has designed and executed with Ensemble Bella Gerit, as well as founder and director, three recorded works on Renaissance repertoires from Urbino – and now crowned by the publishing of his book about an important Flemish author of the late Renaissance, whose footsteps had almost been lost; the volume, titled “L’Opera Sacra di Leonard Meldert” includes, in additionto unpublished music rediscovered by Sorini that transcribed it using modern notation, alsobiographicalnews,newinterpretativehypothesisrelative to the repertoires of  ,and studies on the relationship between Meldert and the other musicians of the age.

Simone Sorini

Thanks to this study M° Sorini has also entered to be part of the contributors of the New Grove, the greatest encyclopaedia of music and the musicians, now available on web.

Having studied singing with several teachers in Italy and Europe, he has a unique vocal technique that allows him to obtain a full tenor acute sound, brilliant and natural.

His non academic and  immediately  recognizable vocal style, that has made him a point of reference for performers of early music, is much  appreciated  in Europe, where he performed in the most important theatres and festivals, including Temporada Gulbenkian of Lisbon,  Early  Music Festival  in Boston, Saison Musicale à Royaumont, Early Music Weekend in London, Stockholm Early Music Festival, Festival Van Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Festival Baroque in Pontoise, Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival.

Multi-instrumentalist, over the years he has gained an in-depth knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance plectrum instruments, owner of dozens of them- all rebuilt according to the ancient iconography – also thanks to the study with M° Adolfo Broegg.

Versatile interpreter of lute repertoires from the Middle Age to the early Renaissance, he performs as a soloist accompanying himself with his instruments while singing, bringing back to light the ancient profession of the Cantore al liuto, historical definition often credited to Francesco Petrarca, but typical of Italian musicians and composers from the late ‘400.

He is the director of the choral group Narnia Cantores”, a mixed-voice vocal ensemble dedicated to the execution of medieval repertoires – and in particular to the rediscovery and diffusion of those of the local area – which also makes use of stringed instruments, drums and percussion reconstructed according to ancient iconography.

He holds training courses and workshops to singing, and whenever possible he also gives to his performances an educational-cultural print.
His encyclopedic knowledge of styles and genres from medieval to modern music, together with his natural-born musical vocation, have made possible the design of original and particular projects of contamination between the ancient world and the contemporary, where evocative and unusual sounding ancient instruments dialogue with electric and digital ones.

This research resulted in his latest creation, the concert/show OPUS, an Italian-French production inspired by alchemy, staged in Pigna (Corsica) in the summer of 2013, of which other representations have been staged at Lunaria Festival of Massa Carrara and at the Grey Cat Festival of Grosseto in the summer of 2014.
In this context has also designed and implemented with Bella Gerit the multimedia show “De Divina Proportione” presented at the Ravenna Festival 2011, also taking care of the musicological and historical side of the research.

He has sung and played in over 30 recordings released by Sony, Stradivarius, Alpha, K617, that in France have received prestigious awards such as the “Diapason d’or”and “Choc de la musique”; He has also been part of the Myth world tour, a work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and he has performed, besides Europe, in Mexico, Canada, Russia, Bulgaria, Syria and the United States.

Specialist in Medieval and Renaissance repertoires, he played the main roles in works by: Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Albinoni and Mozart. He has sung and recorded for Radio France Musique, Radio Osterreich 1, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, SBS Radio Sidney.



Peppe Frana, passionate from a young age about rock music from America and overseas, he quickly became the nightmare of the best electric guitar teachers in the area.At 20 he was dazzled by interest in modal music from outside Europe thanks to the work of Ross Daly and took up the study of Turkish oud and other cordophones played with a plectrum, making frequent trips to Greece and Turkey. There he visited some of the most renowned maestros: Yurdal Tokcan, Omer Erdogdular, Murat Aydemir, Daud Khan Sadozai and Ross Daly himself.

A meeting with the members of Ensemble Micrologus inspired his interest in European medieval music and in plectrum lute. He quickly became one of the most appreciated soloists and teachers specialising in Italian trecento repertoire.

Since 2013 he has been studying medieval lute at the Schola Cantorum in Basel Switzerland under the guidance of Crawford Young, marking his first experience of academic music study. He has an honours degree in philosophy from the Istituto Universitario “L’Orientale” in Naples.

He regularly works with many artists and musical projects in the world of early, eastern and non-classical music including Ensemble Micrologus, Ensemble Calixtinus, Ensemble Exaquier (Marco Ferrari, Fabio tricomi, Peppe Frana, Fabio Accurso), La Contraclau, Ensemble Trenca (Anna Danilevskaia, Atsushi Moriya, Pere Olive, Peppe Frana) Cantsilena, Ensemble Bahar, Mose Chiavoni, Vinicio Capossela. His flourishing artistic activities mean he has performed in the most prestigious festivals both in Italy and around the world.

Peppe Frana


The course aims to provide elements for recostructing the performing practice for plectrum instruments in the vocal and instrumental repertoires of the Fourteenth Century.

The teaching will include technical elements, posture, use of plectrum figures for the articulation of musical phrases, rhythmic and melodic use of drones in monody, ornamentation techniques, exercises for the conscious and functional use ornaments, counterpoint, elements of notation, modal theory, elements of medieval iconography and organology.

The exact repertory will be communicated to students in advance, however the students can propose any medieval repertoire of personal interest.







FLUTES, SHAWN AND BAGPIPES – Goffredo Degli Esposti

Goffredo Degli Esposti (1963) is an Umbrian musician who specialises in research into, and performance of ancient and traditional music with wind instruments.

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Goffredo Degli Esposti

Having taken his diploma in the transverse flute, recorder and specialized in Baroque flute, he has followed courses of study with Susan Milan, Andras Adorjan, Gustav Sheck, Mario Ancillotti, Bartold Kuijken, René Clemencic and the Courses in Medieval Music at the Centro Studi dell’Ars Nova Italiana of Certaldo (Italy). He began his concert activity in 1980; in 1984 he founded the Ensemble Micrologus, with whom he plays in the most important Festivals of Ancient Music in Europe and the Americas; he has also made CDs and radio recordings and collaborated on music for the theatre and the cinema, including the soundtrack of the film “Mediterraneo”.

His enthusiasm and his ability to play various wind instruments in the Mediterranean tradition have led him to various musical experiences, collaborating with the Mancuso Brothers, Ambrogio Sparagna, Giovanna Marini, Sonidumbra, the Tamburi del Vesuvio, Tetraktis Percussioni, Daniele Sepe, Vinicio Capossela, Heloise Combes. Nowdays he is working on musical improvisations for wind instruments with the new groups Lirum Li Tronc (Renaissance music), nel D.E.P. Duo con Andrea Piccioni e Triaulos (folk-jazz), and with the singer-songwriter Raffaello Simeoni for “Mater Sabina Project”.

He has given seminars and courses at various European Schools: at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, at the Abbaye de Royaumont in France, at Jeroslaw in Poland, at the Istituto superiore di Studi musicali “Briccialdi” in Terni, and International Courses of Ancient Music in Urbino and in Copenhagen. He has recorded 28 CDs of medieval music for Quadrivium, Fonit Cetra, Zig-Zag Territoires and Opus 111, of which two have been awarded the “Diapason d’Or de l’Année”, and 12 CDs of traditional and experimental music for Ricordi, Penta Music, SudNord Record, BMG, Il Manifesto and Alphamusic.



HURDY-GURDY AND SYMPHONIA  – Giordano Ceccotti (18-21 july)

Giordano Ceccotti, since he was a child, has shown a talent and great interest in music.

He graduated as a “Master of Arts” at the Istituto Statale “B. Di Betto” in Perugia.

Giordano Ceccotti

He joined a Medieval music ensemble as a fiddle player and met some of the members of ensemble Micrologus, thus giving birth to a long series of collaborations.

He played in several local groups and in 1998 he founded ensemble Laus Veris, participating in many important Italian and International festivals and historical reconstructions.
He took part in the “27th Rencontres internationales de luthiers et maîtres sonneurs” in Saint Chartier, France, where he attended the hurdy-gurdy workshop with J-F. “Maxou” Heintzen, and then the workshop on French and Occitan violin with Gabriele Ferrero.
He has made instruments since 1999 and at the moment he’s dealing with in-depth iconographic research on musical instruments from 14th and 15th-century central Italy and on other extant ancient instruments, focusing on the materials and the techniques, in order to reproduce them full scale. Particularly, his intense research let him discover an image showing a nyckelharpa from early 15th-century Siena. This image was shown to Swedish musicologist Per-Ulf Allmo, who compared it to other images and stated that it is one of the oldest in Italy and Sweden. Consequently, Giordano and his colleagues gained the praise of the Swedish Institution as well as their approval to create the first International School of Nyckelharpa in Forlimpopoli, led by Master Marco Ambrosini from Oni Wytars.
Giordano Ceccotti can reproduce fiddles, rebecs, lire da braccio, hurdy-gurdies, lutes, psalteries, chitarrini and any type of string instrument from iconography, and carries out his research along with musicians known all over the world.

Moreover, some of his instruments were played in the latest works by ensemble Micrologus, and in other albums by Italian ensembles and foreigner groups (French, Swiss, German, American, Austrian, Canadian groups) and even in the modern field, in “Ho un sogno” by Anna Oxa and “Kronomachia” by Daniele Sepe.

Over the last few years he has devoted himself to making electrical instruments, even solid-body instruments, proposing modern versions of ancient or traditional instruments such as hurdy-gurdies, viols, mandoloncellos, ouds, mandolas, etc.
He has attended many courses, among which Irish violin with master Marco Fabbri from Roma and hurdy-gurdy with Stéphane Durand and Valentin Clastrier, who are two of the best-known musicians in the field of modern and traditional French music.
He obtained the diploma as Mastro liutaio e archettaio (Master lute maker and bow maker) at the School for Master lute makers in Gubbio.
He has attended classes of lira da braccio with Igor Pomykalo.
Among his collaborations are: “BandaAntica La Pifarescha”, Micrologus, Aquila Altera, Centro Studi Adolfo Broegg, where he teaches hurdy-gurdy and symphonia.
He plays the hurdy-gurdy and the violin in a group of traditional French music, “Cantalusa”.
His discography includes: “Tempus Transit” (2000), with ensemble Aquila Altera and the choir Cantrici di Euterpe, from L’Aquila; “Canti di Maggio” (2004), a collection of musical compositions which marked the history of Calendimaggio di Assisi; “La dolçe vista” (2006), recorded along with his band, the ensemble Laus Veris, in collaboration with Fiffaro Consort and Bella Gerit; “Nuptiae factae sunt” with ensemble Bella Gerit; also with his band “L anima e ‘l core” (2007), “Orsu su car signori” (2008) and “Pinturicchio Musicam Pinxit” (2009); “ Dolce lo mio drudo” (2013) with ensemble Aquila Altera; “Io ti canto, ti racconto” (2007), a DVD dedicated to the premature passing of Adolfo Broegg; and in the field of traditional music, “Deragliamenti” (2006), with singer-songwriter Massimo Liberatori and “Sonate con ghironda” (2010), a project by guitarist Fabio Barili.



FIDDLE AND REBEC – Gabriele Russo

Gabriele Russo, an Umbrian musician, is co-founder of Ensemble Micrologus for which he works on research into the practical techniques and construction of bowed stringed instruments of the medieval period.

Gabriele Russo

He studied classical and rock music (violin and guitar) and also plays folk music as violinist, guitarist and mandolin player with the Umbrian group Sonidumbra. He has appeared both in Italy and abroad, playing in the most important early music festivals with Micrologus.

He has recorded more than 25 medieval music CDs and appeared as well on many other recordings, including with a host of well-known names in traditional and experimental music, such as Fratelli Mancuso, Ambrogio Sparagna, Giovanna Marini, Sonidumbra, Daniele Sepe, Novalia, Raffaello Simeoni, Vinicio Capossela.

He has given seminars and workshops in various European centres: in Antwerp, Belgium; at the Cité de la Musique in Paris; at the Abbaye de Royaumont in France; Jaroslaw in Poland; at the international centre for early music, Musica Antica in Urbino; in Orte (TR Italy); Maccagno (VA Italy); in Copenhagen and in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

From 2009, has has been teaching, alongside the other musicians of Micrologus, at the International Annual Summer Courses at the Centro Studi “Adolfo Broegg” in Spello, Umbria.



WIND INSTRUMENTS ENSEMBLE/Alta Cappella – Ian Harrison

Ian Harrison from Newcastle upon Tyne had his Northumbrian Bagpipe in his luggage when he left England to study cornett, shawm and historical performance practise at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Combining traditional techniques, baroque virtuosity and an enormous knowledge of mediaeval music sources he has develop

ed a new style, ‘set new standards’, and become Europe’s leading improviser on shawm, bagpipes and cornett – mediaeval and renaissance wind instruments. The international press has named him ‘the Miles Davis of Early Music’. He is director of Les haulz et les bas, ‘the best mediaeval wind band since the middle ages’.

His original, improvisational and virtuosic music has earned him prizes at the Bruges Early Music Festival, the Rencontres des Maitres Sonneurs, St. Chartier and the German Pop and Rock Awards.








MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE PERCUSSION (intensive course, 20-21 july) – Gabriele Miracle

During the seminar, students are introduced to percussion played with sticks such as naqqara and side drum.

Seminar participants will study executive techniques, filological sources, instrumental technique and proper rhythms.

Gabriele Miracle

Graduated with honors in percussion at the Conservatory of Perugia, he devoted his studies to early music collaborating with Ensemble Micrologus, Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, Pino de Vittorio, I Barocchisti of Diego Fasolis, Pierre Pitzl, Magdalena Kozena, Cecilia Bartoli, Angelo Branduardi, Soqquadro Italiano, La Pifarescha, I Bassifondi of Simone Vallerotonda.

Since 2007 as performer, arranger and composer he collaborates with the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.





Structure of the Course

MORNING: 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. – Main Courses
LUNCH BREAK: 1.15  to 2.45 p.m.
AFTERNOON: 3.00 to 7.00 p.m. – Complementary  courses
3.00 to 4.30 p.m.  – Notation and Conferences
5.00 to 7.00 p.m.  – Music  Ensemble
EVENING: musical evenings surprise, in various places in the city of Spello (program in preparation)

Only for Monday 17
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  – completing registration and payment of fees frequency

LUNCH 1.15 to 2.45 p.m.
AFTERNOON:  3:00 to 7:00 p.m.  – Main Courses

Monday 17 July, 7:00 p.m.

Conference by Antonio Calvia:

Niccolò dal Preposto and his Complete Works



Singing/Instrument course: 350 €
Percussion: 120 €
Hurdy-Gurdy: 290 €
Choral singing: 250 €
(The fee above include LUNCH: complete menu – vegetarian and no; do not include DINNER and ACCOMMODATION)

Only Large Ensemble: 100 €
Theoretical course only: 80 €

2° Course frequency: 190 €

Ensemble Fee (minimum 3 members):

Singing/instruments course / tool: 300 €
Hurdy-Gurdy: 250 €
(Costs include LUNCH: complete menu – vegetarian and no; do not include DINNER and ACCOMMODATION)

Only Large Ensemble: 80 €
Theoretical course only: 70 €

2° Course frequency: 170 €

Agreement with HOTELS
Accommodation at 25 € per night in the days of the course (also possible Sunday, July 16), with breakfast included (abundant), in rooms for 3 or 4 beds, located at the following hotels (3 and 4 stars):
The Bastille
La Corte del Conte
Residence San Jacopo
Palazzo Bocci

Restaurants with 15% discount.
The Bastille
Drimking wine
The Pinturicchio
Il Frantoio
The Buchetto
The Molino

Pubs / restaurants recommended Tourist menu:
Osteria Da Dada
Caffè Cavour



DEADLINE to take advantage convention with HOTELS: May 25

We kindly ask the students to send an advance of €. 70 from 1 to 10 June to finalize the application.
After this date will be still possible to apply with an additional fee of 40€.


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