Several practical suggestions and explanations

(intended especially for newly Early Music Summer School comers)


General schedule of lessons at ISSEM

Most classes are opened to amateur as well as professional musicians. It should be noted that the Summer School of Early Music is composed mainly of interpretation courses; good technical performance of the participants is therefore automatically expected.

Preferably, the course members should attend just one class. It is, indeed, possible to combine solo instrument classes with the orchestral or chamber playing. Instrument players and solo singing students are welcome to join the choral singing classes, if their timetable allows it. It is not recommended to join two choral singing classes, except for extremely experienced singers. Other combinations are possible only exceptionally, if the capacity of the class allows it and the teachers agree.

The course fee covers the class fees and all other activities offered by the Summer School of Early Music – listening seminars, afternoon dancing and lectures, accompanists, private lessons, the use of harpsichords (and, according to the decision of the tutors, also other instruments), evening concerts and other activities.

Passive participants´ course fee covers entrance to concerts, lectures, seminars and all classes, without active participation or individual lessons.

Concertsof tutors and guest musicians generally start at 8 p.m. in the Spanish Stables at the Castle, or in the Parish Church in the town square – the price of the tickets is included in the course fee. The students’ concerts are organised on Friday and Saturday. Taking part in them depends of the total number of participants, the quality of the studied repertoire, recommendation by the tutor and the Artistic Council of the Summer School.

In most classes teaching is organised in the morning, sometimes (baroque orchestra, choral singing) also in the afternoon, which is generally considered as a time for rest, rehearsals or other activities. The location of the classes is marked on the information sheets. Most classes take place in the Viticultural School; the Primary School and Basic Art School in the town square are also used.

It is expected that the solo class students will bring their own music to study, with a copy for the tutor (accompanist, basso continuo players, etc.) Beware of arranged editions, romantic accompaniments, out of style transcriptions, etc.! Do not forget to bring music stands, pegs, rubbers, pencils, scissors, scotch tape and other tools for prompt arrangement of material – you never know when an opportunity of music making might come.

Weather in Valtice is generally warm and sunny. Yet, warm cloths might be handy not only for the sudden cold spell following a summer storm, but also to compensate the temperature differences between the classroom and the baroque Stables or a wine cellar.

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