Spanish music from XII° to XIV°
Thanks to the work of monks and expert researchers Spanish medieval music provides us with a great heritage. King Alfonso X° named “the wise”, a patron of the arts who employed hundreds of musicians and artists, is considered one of the founders of this great heritage..
The monks were joined by the amanuensis and this combination gave birth to the “Cantigas de Santa Maria” a musical masterpiece that gives us a unique source of knowledge about medieval culture.
These are musical stories about the miraculous exploits of The Virgin Mother, an exemplar of perfection. In these different stories emerges a popular religiosity that is connected to the old cults and legends.
This line also emerges in another collection "The Llibre Vermell" that was kept in the monastery of Montserrat near Barcelona:
Here we have examples of rare polyphonic beauty, we find ballades that used to be sung and danced to in the paves of the church (originally even inside the church) that testify once again the character "secular" medieval religion.
We move on from the music of the Iberian peninsular to the chants of the sefardita tradition and the enchanting and sweet poetry of the Martim Codax collected in the famous "Cantigas de Amigo" This is a daring story set in the beginning of 900s that becomes more intriguing as the story unfolds. More will be discovered during the concert.