Portative Organ Meeting

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9th International Portative Organ Meeting

Oktober 18 - 20, 2019 – "St. Albert"
D - 86756 Reimlingen (Germany)

"Ondas do Mar" – Longing
Medieval and Early Renaissance music

Courses for Beginners & Advanced Players – Ensemble Class – Master Classes
For Portative Organs, other Medieval and Renaissance period instruments and for singers

Corina Marti, Christophe Deslignes, Lucia Mense, Stefan Keppler
Artistic direction: Catalina Vicens

Longing for a faraway place, for the loved one, for home and the stars have been in people’s minds for ages.
We will be a musical search for this yearning!

We will come across biblical stories, listen to King Saul, follow the fascination of Gregorian chant, deal with compositions of the troubadours and trouvères, the poems of Dante and Petrarch, the music of the pilgrimage routes and the songs of the Sephardi Jews

With portative organs, voices and other historical instruments we will encounter, among other things, music from the Cantigas de Santa Maria and the Cancionero de Palacio, pieces from the Codices Montpellier and Calixtinus and the Llibre Vermell, works by Konrad Paumann and from the Vatican Organum tractate.

The portative organ/organetto is one of the instruments most frequently found in medieval iconography. These small portable medieval organs have become quite popular again thanks to their beauty and enchanting sound. Over the past nine years, we have had the pleasure to share our insight and love for the music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to many professionals organists and other instrumentalists, singers, committed amateurs, and medieval music followers.The festival and the courses are intended for everyone interested in learning to play this fascinating instrument, or wanting to deepen the knowledge about.

We are working in several courses:

Beginner’s course: For people with no previous organetto experience.  If you already have basic music skills and have always wanted to learn how to play the portative organ or medieaval music on other instruments, in this course we are going to teach the basic musical and technical elements, while playing popular and easy to learn melodies. The most important aspect will be of course, the joy of playing music!

Advanced musicians will develop their skills by working in mixed and solo organetto ensembles, and will learn diverse playing and phrasing technics. We will put emphases on using the expressive resources of the instruments, while broadening our repertoire.

In the Ensemble class, we will work in mixed groups with organetto and other historic keyboards, flute, harp, fiddle, percussion and, of course, voices, to improve knowledge and playing skills, to listen to each other, to "get the ball rolling".

Those who want to continue their education in one-to-one lessons have the opportunity to take an about half-hour master class in addition to the choosen courses A-D; For this purpose, music will be sent in advance; free passive participation is also possible here.
The master classes take place on Saturday afternoon outside the times of the A-D courses.

Our Courses:

A Beginners
„Sea waves – Sound waves“

With easy-to-learn, oriental-influenced melodies and sounds from around the Mediterranean sea, we will work out the basics of the portative organ.
Teacher: Stefan Keppler

B Advanced I
„Mère – Mer, Madre – Mare, Gaïa – Virgo“

We look for the traces of motherhood in early music as well as the water-inspired elements of the arts present on various medieval and traditional repertoires.
From the Gregorian hymn "Ave Maris Stella" to the Sephardic "Pexe preto" we will follow Odysseus on seas and rivers to make a musical journey and follow the paths and trails of the various female goddesses, myths and figures: the earth, the maiden, the mother, the siren and the lady.
Teacher: Christophe Deslignes

C Advanced II

We will work on pieces from the 12th to the 15th centuries which tell of the longing of all the longings of King Saul, of the Trobadors, Troubadours, and Trouvères to their beloved ones across the sea. Music about sirens in Trecento songs, Dante's yearning for Beatrice, Petrarch's longing for his Laura, the stranger to the morning star and his sweetheart, and the yearning for the lost land and for peace. In addition, we'll work on the building blocks: The Vatican Organum treatise as the earliest known source of "building blocks." Probably written primarily for singers, the small exercises are ideal for a first look at the compositional technique and playing the portative organ. In the 15th c. we find also the "Fundamentum magistri Conradi Paumann Contrapuncti", and thus we work out the three-part playing on the Organetto, as well as an insight into the instrumental music of that time.
Teacher: Corina Marti

D Ensemble for instruments and singers
„The Speech of the Mediterranean“

Ensemble music for instrumentalists and singers
The Mediterranean region continues to fascinate us because of the diversity of countries, languages, regional cuisines, people and their culture and music!
We will embark on a musical journey: The music of the Middle Ages is a long way off - yet it is as up-to-date as ever in the concert hall, on markets, in church music and even in pop music. Like every style of music, it has its own language, its own recipe. We will use the vocabulary of the melodic modes, add interesting rhythms and spice them up with unheard harmonies.
Musically, we will move along the coasts of Europe: We'll start with the texts and melodies of the troubadours and continue with polyphonic music from Montpellier and codices such as the Codex Calixtinus and the Llibre Vermell, which shaped the music of the pilgrimage routes along the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

For portative organ, harp, lute, fiddle, flutes, other early keyboards, soft bagpipes, gemshorn and others.
Teacher: Lucia Mense

Meisterkurse I und II
"Art on Both Legs! Art on All Stages!"

For students interested in the personalization of their interpretation and performance. Exploring the subject in private lessons, and professionalization of individual skills.
Teachers: Corina Marti, Christophe Deslignes

Short Workshops
In addition, there will be short workshops open to all with practical and technical knowledge about the portative organ; These workshops also cover the history, origin and iconography, as well as the usage of the organetti.  Practical tips and workshops such as pythagorean tuning and intonation complete the course.

This year, we are more than happy to present:

„Sea of lakes of the alps“ - Songs & Yodels
"Traditional Austrian music on old instruments"
This very special short workshop with Walter Hannes Ofner is open to all participants.

Location & Time:

The event will take place in the beautiful and patriarchal, but at the same time modern and comfortably furnished conference house “St. Albert” directly in front of the gates of the historic imperial town of Nördlingen within the South German “four-city region” Würzburg-Nürnberg-Augsburg-Stuttgart.

This house has a history of over a century with an integrated own chapel which will also be available for use. All rooms are equipped with showers and bathrooms.

Start: Friday, at 6 pm with a group supper

End: Sunday, at 1pm following a group lunch.

Info & Application (PDF)

Deadline for registration: September 18. The number of participants is limited. Your registration is valid upon the receipt of the course fee.

Registration please send to:
Stefan Keppler, Von-Riedheim-Weg 1

D-89359 Koetz –Germany– ;

Stefan Keppler, Augsburger Aktienbank/ NetBank
IBAN DE23 2009 0500 0002 5907 86
BIC AUGBDE71NET „Tage der Portativorgel“

If the course you have chosen is full, you will be notified. Registration confirmation including further details regarding location will be sent out in time.

Terms of Cancellation / Data storage

For cancellations from September 20, the cost of the course will be charged unless the spot can be filled with another participant.

Explicitly it is advised to take a travel and course cancellation expenses insurance.

Retirement/ Cancellation of registration by the organiser

The organiser reserves his right to cancel the course holy or partial as well as changing the sequence and the content of the course; particularly by force majeure, illness of the teachers or less of registration. If it is necessary to cancel the course by the organiser because of the above mentioned reasons the fee will be refunded.

Data forwarding/ Graphical material/ Storage of data

Dates transferred with application will be stored and used exclusively for organisition and execution the International Portative Organ Meetings. Your dates will not be imparted to a third party.

With your registration you agree with recording and using any kind of graphical and sound material taken by the organiser.

If you don’t agree with, please note on your registration.

With your registration you acknowledge the above mentioned agreements.


Organiser: Wolkenstayn Orgelbau
Stefan Keppler – Institut OrgANnos

Von-Riedheim-Weg 1, D-89359 Kötz
Germany – –


Preview: 10th International Portative Organ Meeting
Oktober 16-18, 2020, D-86756 Reimlingen

8th International Portative Organ Meeting
October 19 - 21, 2018 – St. Albert, Reimlingen (Germany)

Poster (pdf)

"Le Roman de la Rose" – Dialogues of Love

Music of the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance period
in Italy and France

Catalina Vicens – Corina Marti – Stefan Keppler

Courses for beginners & advanced players,
Ensemble- and masterclasses for
Portative Organs,
other Early Music instruments and singers

„Pygmalion“, Roman de la Rose, Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Douce 195_157A, 15th c.

With the success that our portative organ courses have had during the last 7 years, we were able to bring medieval and Renaissance music to a wide range of professional and amateur musicians, organists, keyboardists, other instrumentalists, singers and medieval music enthusiasts.

The 8th course is extending again to Organetto and Medieval Ensemble Courses and Master-classes. Our head teacher and international artist, Catalina Vicens (Chile/Switzerland) and Stefan Keppler from Wolkenstayn Portative Organs will be joining forces with Early Keyboard and recorder virtuoso Corina Marti (Basel). With our larger team we’ll be able to provide organetto and medieval ensemble courses for our ever-growing musical family!

Our 2018 theme:

„Le Roman de la Rose“ – Dialogues of Love

Music of the Late Gothic and Early Renaissance period

Courses and masterclasses for portative organ and mixed medieval and Renaissance ensemble.
On this year’s course we are going to focus on the love songs from 14th and 15th century Italy and France.
Love poetry was one of the ones with the longest tradition and during the late- middle ages and early Renaissance, it was inspiration for the greatest composers, Landini, Machaut, Binchois and Dufay being only few examples. Despite the organ symbolically represented the Church, the portative organ served as a bridge between sacred and secular love. Songs of longing, of hope and
amorous dialogues are going to serve us as a bridge to the courtly song of the past. We are going to explore with organetti, voices and other Early Music instruments the love dialogues of Codex Rossi, the timeless (sensual) melodies of Guillaume de Machaut, the love complaints of the Tuscan Circle around Francesco Landini, Paolo, Lorenzo Andreas da Firenze and Guilielmus de Francia in the 14th century, as well as the elegant love songs in the new style of the mid 15th century by composers such as Dufay and Binchois.

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