Friday morning. A group of women knock on the door of every village house to ask for grain. They will bring it to the mill, and with that flour they will bake the bread and the cakes which will be offered to the saint on the Sunday procession. The men observe while women of all ages perform the rituals, singing and playing. Accompanied by different percussions, these women are the principal actors of the community for several days.
The program offers a traditional repertoire that has its origins in the pagan rituals of the Iberian Peninsula before the arrival of the Christian church. One such ritual is Las marzas: March was the first month of the moon calendar in the Romans’ time, and pilgrimages, festivities and processions are ever since celebrated at the beginning of this month.
The Cantigas de St. Maria, a repertoire from the 13th century, frames those traditional pieces. The Cantigas were chosen because of their rhythmical, melodic and formal similarities with the traditional songs. Taken as a whole, the program offers a line of continuity where old and new melodies blend: modern and middle age, never separated, still united.
Program DEVOTA FECUNDITAS
CANTADERAS medieval and traditional music