"Stella Splendens" 

Music on medieval pilgrimage roads
"Cantigas de Santa Maria", "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat", ...


 

...the pilgrims, when they reach the cathedral of the holy Virgin, often start to sing and dance inside the church and in the streets. For this reason we have written down some devout canços so they may make good use of them.

 

The preface of the "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat" (14th c. Spain)" one of the most important collections of medieval music proofs that song and dance inside a pilgrimchurch was obviously not unusual at that time.

Another Spanish manuscript" the Cantigas de Santa Maria", collected by Alfonso X" "the wise" " king of Castilia and León" deals with hundreds of miracles done by the Virgin on pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

 

Music on the medieval pilgrimage roads was certainly an extremely important part of daily life. Often the journey took months or years to complete, and one could shorten it with an entertaining conversation.

This principle was also appropriated by the church who took popular folk songs and dances and underlayed them with sacred texts, so that the common people even dancing in churches and cathedrals would not lose the true faith. So happens that to this day on pilgrimage routes we still can hear tunes that have their roots in the late Middle Ages and were subsequently added to the traditional music.

 

This concert program presents itself as a journey, or rather as a musical pilgrimage through a medieval Europe full of legends, which was just about to set out in a new era of cultural diversity.

[7 musicians / reduced version: 5 musicians]

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