• Invitation to move in the footsteps of a yesteryear music with a today’s perspective.
  • Learning of Hildegard von Bingen’s monodies (1098-1179) in all its textual and melodic diversity.
  • Learning sacred and profane polyphonies from the Montpellier manuscript.
  • Initiations: to the «neumes» used by Hildegard and her contemporaries, to the musical writing of Montpellier’s manuscript, to pronunciation of medieval French and to the Pythagorean temperament.


A legendary visionary, Hildegard von Bingen is one of the few women in the history of music who has left so many writings on a wide variety of subjects. The monodies, in Latin, of this extraordinary abbess are poetic songs inspired by her solitary visions and true hymns to life, love, fertility and to woman. They inform us about the tradition of scholarly singing and show us the richness of a liturgical vocal practice commonly associated with male voices. The so-called ‘Montpellier’ H196 manuscript contains a wide variety of polyphonies in which the sacred and the profane mix as is usual in the Middle Ages. From the 13th century School of Notre Dame, this manuscript is in the collection of the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier.


  • Body preparation of the singer and voice
  • Oral transmission: learning by listening and imitation (without scores)
  • Work on listening and harmonic accuracy, search for timbres
  • Work on breath dynamic, sustained sounds and melisma
  • Text interpretation search (e.g. spoken/sung)



Teenagers and adults, women and men, of any level, no prior knowledge required.
This course will adapt to everyone’s abilities and is aimed at beginners as well as experienced singers. The teaching method lends itself to mixing levels in a single group while maintaining an individualized approach.

Ⓒ : François MARIOTTI