Percussion in early music : learning to accompany and improvise


Course leader : Michèle Claude
Objectives :

– Discovering the various percussion instruments used in early music: drums, tambourines, castanets, and other finger instruments
– Learning simple dance rhythms: pavane, gaillarde, bourrée, gigue
– Development of rhythm and its ornamentations: keeping the rhythmic structure in mind and embroidering on it, learning phrases from simple to more complicated
– What relations exist between Western art music and folk music from the different regions of the Mediterranean basin
– An historical approach to percussion instruments, from Antiquity (Mesopotamia) to the 18th century (the Baroque era) and their use today in World Music

The project :

Since the dawn of time, percussion instruments have always accompanied dancing, singing, and ceremonies. With their place in art and folk music alike, their parts are rarely noted down (even at the present time), yet they have a complex, varied repertoire. Instruments of accompaniment – and sometimes solo, as at Versailles under Louis XIV -, we propose discovering the range…

 Workshops :

Duration : 1h/session
Number of sessions : 1-3, possibility several classes
Number of musicians : 2-3
Public : pupils aged 5-10

Past and futures actions

14 January 2017 : intervention/workshop : GALA, Garancières (78)
December 2015 : intervention/workshop : GALA, Garancières (78)


Michèle Claude

To learn more

Suite Pour Violoncelle Seul – Intermezzo E Danza Finale Alvorada
  1. Suite Pour Violoncelle Seul – Intermezzo E Danza Finale Alvorada
  2. O Canto Do Ciscne Negro Alvorada
  3. Falla (De) – Siete Canciones Populares Españolas – Nana Alvorada
  4. Piazzola – Grand Tango – Tempo Di Tango Alvorada