What is the course about?
Study and sing a selection of madrigals and frottole in Italian and English. Learn the texts and the subtexts as well as the musical notes! Help will be given with Italian pronunciation. We will focus on works with simple, rhythmic textures which set texts with more than one meaning. Repertoire will include:
- El grillo (Josquin)
- Il bianco e dolce cigno (Arcadelt)
- The Silver Swan (Gibbons)
- Fair Phyllis (Farmer)
Please contact the music office after enrolling to let us know your voice type (soprano/alto/tenor/bass).
What will we cover?
- Each session will begin with a choral warm-up
- Learn selected songs in SATB harmony, help will be given to each musical line (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)
- Improve choral blend, confidence singing in a choir and music reading skills
- Learn about the structure, texts and history of selected madrigals and frottole.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Sing with and without piano accompaniment
- Display increased confidence with choral singing
- Increase your familiarity with late renaissance musical textures
- Learn to recognise late renaissance examples of ‘word painting’.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
A basic level of music reading is required and you should have had some previous experience of singing in choirs.
The level of this course is intermediate (not advanced) so we will rehearse each line carefully to help you learn the
music. You will not be expected to have sight-reading skills but you will need to learn the music in just two days.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in
Do feel free to email any questions to the tutor: Send Mail.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Tutor presentation and explanation, including handouts
- Guided listening and watching of audio and audio-visual examples
- Class discussion and debate
- Listening and reading outside class is encouraged and once enrolled further online resources will be available via
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a pencil to mark your score. Choral scores will be provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build's choral singing courses include Choir at Lunchtime courses (Monday, Wednesday), Choral singing for Pleasure. You may also be interested in singing technique classes, which begin with Basic technique for singing.
If you are new to Build singing classes, please take a moment to read our blog: Choosing a singing class at City lit which lists our full sequence of singing classes. You could also drop in to one of our advice sessions where we can hear you sing and help you choose the right course. Please bring a piece to sing with simple piano accompaniment.
We also offer a wide range of Music appreciation and musicianship classes at all levels throughout the academic
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details