I, Baron Sir Patri du Chat Gris,
Seneschal and podesta of the barony of Carolingia in the Eastern Kingdom of the SCA, with the consent of the Great Council of Carolingia, by this present charter confirm and recognize that the Guild of Musicians and Jongleurs of the Barony of Carolingia holds and shall hold its rights entire and its liberties uninjured, and I agree to maintain the guild in its ancient liberties as written below, to be had and holden in perpetuity.
Officers: the Master or Mistress of the Guild, being a baronial officer, shall be appointed by the Seneschal with the advice and approval of the Journeymen and Masters of the Guild, and none shall be appointed Master or Mistress whom the said Journeymen and Masters shall refuse to accept. Such officers of the Guild may deem necessary shall be appointed and may be removed by the Guild internally without let or hindrance. The Guild shall choose some suitable insignia for the Master or Mistress.
Structure of the Guild: the guild shall consist of two groups, Jongleurs and Musicians, which shall not be mutually exclusive. In each group there shall exist the ranks of Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master. Apprentices shall be received upon application to the Master or Mistress of the Guild. The ranks of Journeyman and Master shall be conferred upon those who in the opinion of the existing Masters have properly fulfilled the requirements as given below for these ranks, with the Master or Mistress to have the deciding voice in case of disagreement. The requirements for each rank shall be as follows:
For an Apprentice: No requirement save interest and reasonable commitment.
For a Journeyman: 3 months service and the ability to perform the basic dance tunes used in this barony, in correct tempo and rhythm on his own instrument (for singers, ability to beat a clear and correct rhythm on a percussion instrument), and to perform with the group at least two pieces of performance music in good style.
For an Apprentice: The ability to read and write modern musical notation.
For a Journeyman: 3 months service and (a) ability to read (to transcribe for performance) some form of period notation, such as Gregorian notation, lute tabulature, or mensural notation, and (b) knowledge of the basic points of medieval musical theory: viz., the hexachord system, the rules of consonance and dissonance, and the basic rules governing musica ficta.
For a Musician Master: Composition and performance of at least
two pieces of music in period style, and continued study of medieval theory
and style; at least 6 months service.
For a Jongleur Master: Six months service and ability to rehearse and direct in performance at least two pieces of ensemble music.
It is desirable that a Journeyman of one group be at least an apprentice of the other, and a Master of one group be at least a journeyman of the other, and especially that if possible the Master or Mistress of the guild be both a Master Jongleur and a Master Musician.
The Guild claims the following ancient rights and privileges:
The Guild undertakes in return to provide music for listening and dancing, and to endeavor in general to increase the understanding and appreciation of medieval and renaissance music in the barony and the Kingdom.
Sir Patri du Chat Gris, Podesta Carolingia
Christophe des Champs
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