Música antigua y de tradición oralDEVOTA FECUNDITAS

The medieval repertoires which appear i n these programmes (Cantigas de Santa María and Rondelli of the Notre-Dame School of Paris, both from the 13thc. as well as extracts of some liturgical dramas from the same period) were chosen for their rhythmic, melodic, thematic and formal similarities with the Spanish traditional music.

The traditional repertoire featured in these programmes is anchored inthe pagan rituals prior to the christianization of the Iberian Peninsula, such as Las Marzas, which celebrate the beginning of the year in the Roman calendar, songs f o r processions , blessing of harvest, but also lullabies and love songs.

Devota fecunditas is based on the rich traditional rituals of fertility and paraliturgic practices as well as on related traces w e can fnd i n the Cantigas o f Santa María (Cantigas de Mai, of curse and blessing…)

The last cantigas notated in El Escorial’s Codex Princepsare the focus of As festas do anno. These cantigas were sung at festivals and holy days throughout the year : Epiphany, Annunciation, Ascension, Assumption and in the month of May, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The traditional repertoire related to these Cantigas present songs of pilgrimages and offerings in honour of saints.

The role the Virgin plays as a woman in the tradition and certain medieval repertoires for Easter is the core of the programme Mulier, quid ploras (Woman why do you cry?) full of dramatic strength. The programme explores the archetypes shared by the medieval monody and traditional melodies.

When both repertoires are combined, the line between old and new melodies disappears, and a new line of continuity connecting the modern and the Middle Ages emerges.

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CANTADERAS medieval and traditional music