14th edition – Rome (Italy) July 26th – August 2nd, 2015
Courses, concerts and workshops organized by: Il Teatro della Memoria
Artistic direction: Claudia Celi and Andrea Toschi
Games and pastimes, in all their forms connected to music and dance, will be the common theme of L’Humor Bizzarro 2015, the established international rendezvous that has reached its 14th edition, also this year hosted by the historical Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio. As is by now tradition, the work of the various classes will merge in a final performance featuring the interaction between students and teachers and open to the general public.
Singing and Instrumental Courses
All those that enroll in a singing or instrumental course will be admitted free of charge to the Ensemble Music Workshop and to the Qi Gong Seminar.
Renaissance and Baroque Singing – Rosanna Rossoni
The course is addressed towards anyone interested in the study of the psychomotorial aspects of vocal emission and of the stylistic and interpretative aspects of the Renaissance and Baroque repertory; it features individual and collective classes. Part of the course will focus on the works by Claudio Monteverdi. Registered students may also agree with the teacher on other pieces proposed by them. It’s also possible, for already formed vocal groups, to study in depth the technical aspects of the ensemble music practice.
Recorder – Marco Rosa Salva
“Chiama questo suo giuoco empio e profano / saravanda e ciaccona il novo ispano.” Variations on ostinatos for Recorder or Recorder ensemble.
The course is open to students of any level and will deal specifically with: recercadas on Italian tenors by Diego Ortiz; 17th century sonatas on the ciaccona, passacaglia and other famous ostinatos; grounds by Henry Purcell and English divisions (enrolled students can receive beforehand some of the course materials). A certain number of replicas of historical instruments will be avaiable for the ensemble class.
Renaissance Lute and Baroque Guitar – Federico Marincola
The course is open to beginners as well as to advanced students and will focus on technical and interpretative aspects of the Renaissance lute and Baroque guitar repertory. Students of classical guitar wishing to approach the early music repertory on their instrument will also be admitted.
Mandolin – Fabio Menditto
The course is mainly oriented towards an initial level. Some instruments will be available for individual study so it’s not necessary to bring one. For those that can already read music, one of the historical methods will be adopted. For those that have some difficulty in reading music, a practical approach will be offered in order to obtain, at the end of the week, a good posture and the possibility to practice and perform rhythms and chords. The teacher is available for all those who, having already a basic technique, want to explore specific themes in the classic or in the popular repertory (blues, jazz, choro, dance music, etc.).
Baroque Oboe – Angela Paletta
The course is open to amateurs or professionals who wish to approach the baroque and classical repertory with a period instrument or with a modern one. The program will focus on performing and interpretative aspects and on reed building tecniques. Particular attention will be given to the study of breathing with specially aimed QiGong exercises. Individual and collective classes will aim to the study of the soloistic and chamber repertory of the period, both sacred and profane, possibly in conjunction with singing, dance or theatre classes. It’s possible to agree with the teacher on a special repertory proposed by the student. A limited number of study instruments – kindly supplied by the maker Alberto Ponchio (website anciuti.com) – will be available for the class; students are therefore advised, if possible, to bring their own instrument.
Harpsichord Accompaniment – Paolo Tagliapietra
Harmony at the keyboard for beginners. Introduction to the extemporaneous performance of short accompaniments on a figured bass. Practical applications to pieces studied in the singing, instrument and ensemble music courses, aimed at taking part in the final performance. The student must previously possess a basic keyboard technique as well as a certain practice in the simplest harmonic connections.
Ensemble Music Workshop (free of charge for those that enroll in a singing or instrumental course)
Also this year the ensemble study will involve the students from the various classes in a common work aimed to the final performance. In accordance with the theme of the workshop, canons and other playful pieces of the Renaissance and Baroque will be rehearsed. The students will be subdivided in groups in consideration of the individual technical level and reading ability.
Dance and Qi Gong
All those enrolled in a dance course are admitted free of charge to the Qi Gong Seminar.
Dal Pelachiù al Bigarà – 16-17th Century Italian and French Dances – Claudia Celi
The practical-theoretical course is open to students of any level and is coordinated with the activities of the instrumental music and ensemble music courses in view of the realization of the students’ concert where dance will be accompanied by live music. The classes will feature the study of the basic steps and choreographical reconstructions from the treatises by Fabrizio Caroso, Cesare Negri and Thoinot Arbeau.
Les Plaisirs et les Jeux – 17-18th Century European Dances – Ilaria Sainato
The course is aimed towards dancers, musicians and whoever wishes to approach or to further the knowledge of baroque dance technique. The theoretical and practical classes feature warm-up, study of basic choreutic technique and of choreographies, mainly reconstructed from the Beauchamp–Feuillet notation; part of the classes will be devoted to questions pertaining sources, dance notation and treatises, choreographic repertory. During the study of choreographies, particular attention will be given to the connection and integration between music and dance, with reference to problems of performance of dance music. The choregraphies, that will be chosen by the teacher according to the level and the needs of the participants, will be taken from the treatises by A. Lorrin, J. Playford, R.-A. Feuillet, J. Essex, M. Gaudrau, Landrin.
Cotillon – 19th Century Social Dances – Paolo Di Segni
The course, open to students of all levels, features the study of the technique and the basic steps of 19th century dance and the teaching of dances from the manual by Achille Della Croce Piccolo repertorio di danza per l’eletta società (Milano 1872).
Qi Gong Seminar / Arte of Breathing – Angela Paletta
Free of charge for all. For more information go to this link.
The curricula of the teachers are available on the webpage curricula.htm
General registration information
The final students’ performance will see the participation of music and dance courses. Students that are already enrolled in one course may also attend six individual lessons of another course with a supplementary charge (see below).
Registration & insurance fee
- with advance payment up to June 28th 60.00 euros
- with advance payment after June 28th 120.00 euros
Members of specified Schools and Societies with a reduction agreement and students enrolled in more than one course are entitled to a discount of 40.00 euros.
The basic tuition fee for singing and instrument courses covers individual lessons, collective lessons, the ensemble workshop and the Qi Gong Seminar. The fee for dancing courses covers the collective lessons and the Qi Gong Seminar.
- Music courses (singing or instrument, inclusive of ensemble workshop): 270.00 euros
- Dancing courses (10 ½ hours): 130.00 euros
- Six individual singing or instrument lessons (30 minutes each): 180.00 euros
- Ensemble Music Workshop (for those that are not taking a singing or instrument course): 80.00 euros
The registration fee plus 50% of all tuition fees must be paid in advance by bank transfer to the account 10114.65 at Monte dei Paschi di Siena, branch 8686 (European IBAN bank code IT 72 S 01030 03293 000001011465 – BIC: PASCITM1C06), in the name of “Il Teatro della Memoria”, or by money order to: Il Teatro della Memoria – c/o Toschi – via Gradoli, 56 – 00189 Roma (Italy). For residents outside the Euro area, payments may be made through TransferWise: send us the registration form by e-mail and we’ll send you complete paying instructions. The advance payment won’t be refunded in case of cancellation after June 30th. If the cancellation arrives before June 30th a sum of 50.00 euros will be deducted. The registration form, together with a copy of the payment, must arrive before June 30th:
- by mail to: Il Teatro della Memoria – c/o Toschi – via Gradoli, 56 – 00189 Roma (Italy)
- by fax to the number (+39) 06-33267447
- by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The balance must be paid before the beginning of the courses.
The maximum number of students for each course is thus determined:
- singing or instrument courses: maximum 10 per course
- dance courses: maximum 16 per course
Students will be enrolled according to the order of arrival of the registration forms. Those that cannot be admitted because the maximum has been reached will be promptly informed, and the amount paid will be refunded, unless they want to enroll in another course. The Direction reserves the right to modify the programs. The courses for which the minimum number of registrations will not be reached will be cancelled, and the amount paid will be refunded.
The check-in desk will be open on July 26th from 4 to 7 PM. The courses will be hosted by Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio at Piazza Giustiniani 4/a (the ancient Testaccio slaughterhouse) in a central area well connected by subway (Metro B line – station Piramide), local train (station Roma Ostiense – for timetables see http://www.ferroviedellostato.it) tramway or bus (ATAC website: http://www.atac.roma.it).
Registered students are insured against accidents during lessons with a maximum cover of 50,000.00 euros. Check with your health insurance company and your national health system about coverage in Italian hospitals in case of illness. Most EU member states have arrangements that admit free of charge citizens of one state in the public hospitals of another. If you have any doubts, contact us and we’ll try to find information on the arrangements with your country and the documents you need. Emergency treatment (“Pronto Soccorso”) at public hospitals is subject to a fixed fee (“ticket”) of 25.00 euros for minor illnesses (white triage code). In serious cases don’t hesitate to call the emergency phone 118.
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via Gradoli, 56 – 00189 Roma – Italy
phone/fax : (+39) 06 3326 7447
- up to July 25 (+39) 328 364 5555
- July 26-August 2: (+39) 320 055 7319
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