Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2021

Lirone by Marco Ternovec - Photo: André Wagenzik

7-14 August 2021

The Italian Roots of Michael Praetorius - Prima & Seconda Pratica in Italy and Germany

The Renaissance Workshop Summer School 2021 will take place in the historic town of Wolfenbüttel, home to Michael Praetorius and Johann Rosenmüller. Also Johann Theile, Reinhard Keiser, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Heinrich Graun, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and many other great composers were linked to this most important art loving court. Today it is known for the Herzog-August-Bibliothek, one of the greatest libraries in the world. The churches were Praetorius and  Rosenmüller worked and are buried still stand and the town is absolutely charming, nothing more then a short walk away.

2021 is the 400 anniversary of Michael Praetorious' death. We want to commemorate this most important composer and publisher who supplies us with a wealth of information on the musical life of the late 16th / early 17th century.

We shall focus on the transitional period from 1550 - 1620 when polyphony and diminutuion practice were developed and transformed into a monodic style and the Basso seguente became a Basso continuo.


There will be consort classes for flutes, recorders and viols that focus on the diminution tradition and classes for singers who want to study Italian monodic songs and early German songs and arias with Basso continuo. Continuo instruments for this period are keyboards, lutes, chitarrones, lirone and harp. Singers who are playing an instrument (guitar, ukulele, harp, autoharp, cello, viol, keyboard)..... please bring it along.


Registration ends on 15 June 2021 but we work on a first come first serve basis. Please sign up early. It helps us a lot with the planing ...

Each class needs four participants to make it happen, the maximum number is six. This is to ensure intense work. We reserve the right to cancel the class if there aren't enough registrations. In this case the full amount will be refunded. Participants can cancel until 1 July 2021 and get a refund. If you have to cancel thereafter, you are free to send somebody else to take your spot and replace you but we can't pay you back.

The workshop starts with a reception at 4:00 pm on Saturday 7 August at the Prinzenpalais, followed by a guided tour through town and some music making in the evening. We'll point out the locations were the classes will take place. Besides the Prinzenpalais this is the Villa Seeliger used by the Landesmusikakademie Niedersachsen. It's a 5-10 minute walk between these locations. The Prinzenpalais has no weelchair access. If you have special needs, please tell us before you register and we see how we can accommodate you.

The Summer School classes are 10:00 am - 1 pm and 2:30 - 6 pm. The Summer School ends with a final concert from 3:00 - 5:00 pm on Sunday 14 August.

There is a security system in place at the Villa Seeliger. Just partisipants can enter with a special badge and the house is looked at 6 pm. During the day there are small practise rooms available there, if you want to go over your parts on your own. For the evenings we'll arrange for an open room at the Prinzenpalais, if somebody feels the need to keep playing...

Price: the Baroque Workshop Summer School is € 480,- for the week. Active participants only. There is no such thing as 'just sitting in as a listener'.

Sign up: your are registered after we received your registration form and your money transfer.

Getting there: Wolfenbüttel is a 10 minutes train ride south of Braunschweig. If you fly into Berlin it takes about 2:30 hours to get there, from Hannover it's just an hour.

Staying there: There is a Jugendgästehaus, a Bundesakademie, many hotels, holiday apartments and a campground. Please arrange for your own housing according to your needs and budget. Jugendgästehaus is very nice and close to the Villa Seeliger and the Rosenmüller church, the Hotel Bayrischer Hof is the most central, the Park Hotel the most fancy.... your choice....