Classes, Bardic Madness XX


Class period 1 (10:45-11:45):

Classroom A                   Classroom B                                   Classroom C                   Classroom D

Eithni: Rondeaux            Zsof: Medieval Theater                   Jose/Dahrien:                  Kudrun: Rounds

                                                                                                          Writing a Song


Class period 2 (2:45-3:45):

Classroom A                   Classroom B                                   Classroom C                   Classroom D

Alienor: Bardic                 Isolde: Period Songs                      Jose: Using the Voice     Christian: Harmonies




Bardic Beginnings—THL Alienor Hathaway of Greyfeathre, Barony of Jararvellir

An introduction to performance for the Bard using techniques learned from mundane and Society experience. Sample from a bag of tricks that will endeavor to make you feel more confident as a beginning bard (but anyone is welcome).


History of Theater in the Middle Ages—THL Tyzes “Zsof” Sofia, Barony of the Cleftlands, Midrealm

We explore the emergence of theatre from the fall of the Roman Empire through the late 1500's. This class is done with part lecture/part scene reading.

Cost: $1 for handouts.


How to Compose and Sing Harmonies—Christian d’Hiver, Shire of Shadowdale, Calontir

Sometimes when you try to sing a harmony line, it sounds good.  Sometimes it does not.  We'll learn why.  Along the way, we'll learn how to spell chords.

Bring: Paper, pen, singing voice.


Let the Catch go Round: Canons, Catches and Circular Songs—THL Kudrun the Pilegrim, Shire of Rokeclif

The title says it all.


Period songs: Where to Find Them, How to Write Them—Lady Isolde de Lengadoc, Barony of Jararvellir

Writing a song in a period style doesn't have to be painful, and the result doesn't have to sound weird.  What's important is to have an understanding of what makes a song "sing" to you and your audience, and a willingness to explore expressing that in a period manner.  This course will survey various poetic and musical concepts that set period music apart from modern music and how you can use them to say what you want in modern English.  We'll dispel some myths about medieval musical prohibitions.  And, while we won't be looking in depth at music from any particular medieval culture, we'll look at lots and lots and lots and lots of sources for period secular music in Western Europe from 800-1500.


Round and Round with the Rondeau—Eithni ingen Talorgain, Barony of Jararvellir

Come learn about the Rondeau poetry form. We'll review the history of the form as well as the common variants. If time permits and the muse allows, we will work on entries for the Bardic Madness Rondeau challenge.

Bring: Paper and pencil.


Using the voice—Jose Sao Pacian, Barony of Jararvellir

A practical discussion of voice using period techniques.

Bring: Your voice, and be willing to sing.


Writing a song: a perspective—Jose Sao Pacian, Barony of Jararvellir, and Dahrien Cordell, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr

So you have an idea for a song. How does it go from a blank page to a song with original words and melody?


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