Advanced studies in POLYPHONY

Postgraduate 2018/19 - for singers and historic instrumentalists



One-year postgraduate course aimed at active professionals or pre-professionals in renaissance and baroque repertoires (singers and instrumentalists - recorder, shawm, dulcian, cornetto, sackbut, viol, lute, harp, keyboard instruments, etc.) who are interested in developing their experience in polyphonic repertoires from the 16th-18thcenturies within an applied philological framework.

The goal is to stimulate the concept of the Historically Formed Performer as opposed to the idea of Historically Informed Performance. In order to achieve this, students will receive specialized training which focusses on the performance of polyphonic repertoire from 1500’-1700’ in direct contact with historical sources, the command of historical learning techniques such as solmization, canon, counterpoint, diminution and improvisation, and the understanding of fundamental theoretical aspects such as counterpoint, modality, rhetoric and poetics.

The course brings upon itself also the mission of recovering and bringing to light unpublished or less studied repertoire through public performances and audio recordings. 

The different fields of study are articulated and converge around laboratorial and performative moments organized in ten sessions of 24 hours each, held on weekends (Friday to Sunday). Different repertoires will be approached according to the profile of the selected candidates.




Performance Practice: 84h; Projects: 54h; Sight Reading & Solmization: 14h; Compositional Techniques & Counterpoint: 14h; Improvisation & Contraponto alla mente: 14h; Diminution: 14h;
Music in context: 12h; Mensural notation: 12h; Modes: 8h; Poetics: 8h



Pedro Sousa Silva PhD

Coordination, Performance Practice, Projects, Sight Reading & Solmization, Diminution, Music in Context

Eugénio Amorim PhD

Performance Practice, Projects, Sight Reading & Solmization, Music in Context, Compositional Techniques & Counterpoint

Hugo Sanches PhD

Performance Practice, Projects, Music in Context, Mensural Notation, Poetics

Ronaldo Lopes MA

Performance Practice, Projects, Diminution, Music in Context, Improvisation & Contraponto alla mente

José Abreu PhD

Compositional Techniques & Counterpoint, Music in Context, Improvisation & Contraponto alla mente, Mensural notation, Modes



18-20 October 2019
22-24 November 2019
20-22 December 2019
24-26 January 2020
21-23 February 2020
20-22 March 2020
24-26 April 2020
22-24 May 2020
26-28 June 2020
17-19 July 2020



for singers and historic instrumentalists

numerus clausus: 8-12 students

1st phase

6 March - 18 April: Application
6-18 May: Entrance Exam
27-31 May: Enrolment

2nd phase (for remaining places)
3 June-3 July: Application
8-19 July: Entrance exam
1-5 August: Enrolment

3rd phase (for remaining places)
12 August-2 September: Application
9-14 September: Entrance Exam
21-23 September: Enrolment
18 October: Beggining of lessons


Non edited video recording of solo performance (renaissance or baroque repertory)
First sight intonation of renaissance melody*
* by skype upon request

For detailed information about the application visit www.esmae.ipp.pt