Bel Canto and Early Music
at the
Hoch Conservatory - Music Academy

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium - Musikakademie
Sonnemannstraße 16, Frankfurt am Main
Room 3019
(Take the elevator to the 3rd floor and exit to the right and go right again - all the way to the end)

Office hours (Student Counselling/Advice): Tuesdays 2:00 - 2:30 pm, Room 3019 (no appointment neccessary!)

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Edmund Brownless
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Vocal Performance,  McGill University in Montréal, Québec.
External Studies (Early Music) with Richard Levitt at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, Switzerland
Voice Lessons (Bel Canto) with Cornelius L. Reid in New York.
Masterclasses with Alfred Deller, Andrea von Ramm, Nigel Rogers and Emma Kirkby.

Teaching methods and goals:
An emphasis on Bel Canto technique from the 17th - 19th centuries - as the ideal vocal technique for early music.
Repertoire, Style and Performance Practice of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Music.

Historical Pronunciation of English, French and German.
Full staging of Baroque Operas with Baroque Gesture, Dance and Costume.

Musical Studies

Music Studies Department
Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy (B. Mus.)
Elementary Music Pedagogy (B. Mus.)
Early Music Department

Pre-College-Frankfurt Program (PCF)

Preparation for Music Studies (also with the goal of studying Early Music)

Music Education for Youth and Adults (ANE)

Bel canto Technique:
Voice majors and voice minors receive c. 30 (or 15) minutes teaching in the Bel Canto technique.

Students receive c. 30 (15) minutes teaching in repertoire.
Although students may study all periods of music they are encouraged to sing Early Music as part of their studies.

Early Music Department

Early Music Department

Bel canto Technique:
Students in the Early Music Department receive c. 30 (or 15) minutes teaching in the Bel Canto technique. Since the Medieval period one can read of the use of two registers and the advantages of this in singing. Singers have always used both registers in order to sing more effectively. Bel Canto has its roots in the Middle Ages and Renaissance and was the vocal technique of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries: the ideal technique for high Renaissance and Baroque music.

Students in the Early Music Department receive c. 30 (or 15) minutes teaching in repertoire, style, ornamentation and historical pronunciation.

Semester Project in Early
Music Singing
In a cycle of four semesters the major singing schools of the 17th century will be studied. The birth of baroque vocal music was in Italy at the beginning of the 17th century. Students begin by singing as well as reading about the music of Caccini, Peri, Monteverdi et al. and learn about the beginnings of opera and the solo song. The influence of Italian music will be shown on the other schools: Germany, England and France. Each term one of these schools will be studied and a concert will be given at the end of each semester. Solo and ensemble work will be offered, covering performance practice, historical pronunication and style. Lectures and readings of source material will be given by various teachers in the Early Music Department and visits to museums and libraries will be organised.  An evening of instruction in the rhetorical reading of poetry will also be offered.