Passeggiata Transalpina
Toccatas, Intabulations and Variation Settings

in Italy, The Netherlands and England

At the turn of the 17th century, the fiery style of the Italian madrigal was in vogue throughout Europe, and was especially attractive for musicians in colder countries such as The Netherlands and England. Not only Italian music traveled across the Alps, but also musicians. This course will explore the cross-influence between these countries starting with the traditions of keyboard intabulation in 16th-century Italy and their development into a more elaborate instrumental style (con passaggi), variation settings, and the influence of vocal styles in the Toccatas and dances of the late 16th- and early 17th-centuries. ​

This workshop will take place in the Barn at the renowned Flint Collection of Keyboard Instruments. Participants will attend five masterclasses and have the opportunity to practice on antique instruments from the collection. Complementing the workshop will be lectures and a final public concert presented by all the participants. Space is limited, so apply as early as possible. 

Find out more about Catalina Vicens HERE.


Admission is by recorded audition only and space is very limited.  All admitted students will have practice time on antique harpsichords from the Flint Collection.

January 7-11, 2020 • Download an application HERE.

Application instructions available HERE.