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Paolo Da Col
Polyphony of the 16th century 


Various topics concerning the performance practice of the polyphonic repertoire will be addressed, with reference to both music-theoretical sources and historical evidence. The course will be available both for already established groups and for ensembles created from among the course participants. Upon enrolment, you are asked to specify your vocal register. At the beginning of July, a choice of music for possible performance will be sent.


The course includes the study of a cappella or concerted vocal polyphonic repertoire inspired by the theme 'War and Peace. Battaglie "per cantar e sonar" e mottetti". The study of compositions of the battle genre will be proposed, with particular reference to its diffusion in the Venetian area during the 16th century, and the sacred production of motets on the text Da pacem Domine. Further proposals of profane and sacred polyphonic repertoire between the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 17th century will also be accepted. 


Paolo Da Col studied music at the Conservatory of Bologna and musicology at the University of Venice and at the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours. He is the librarian of the Conservatory of Venice. From a very young age he has directed his interests to the repertoire of Renaissance and pre-classical music, constantly combining research and performance. He has been a member of numerous Italian vocal ensembles for over twenty years and since 1998 he has been conducting the male vocal ensemble Odhecaton, which was awarded the Abbiati Prize of Italian music critics in 2018. With Odhecaton he has recorded some fifteen discs that have received major awards, including the Grand prix international de l'Académie du disque lyrique, 5 diapason d'or, 2 diapason d'or de l'année, CD of the Year (Goldberg), Editor's choice (Gramophone). Together with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, he is the editor of the magazine L'Organo and has collaborated as a music critic with various specialist magazines. He has directed the music catalogue of the publisher Arnaldo Forni in Bologna, is editor of editions of instrumental and vocal music, author of catalogues of music collections and essays on the history of vocal music. He collaborates on the critical edition of the works of C. Gesualdo da Venosa and G. Tartini.

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