CANTADERAS is the name of a women’s ensemble with a solid musical education in the field of early music, allowing the combination of musical repertoires from the 13th to the 16th centuries (Gregorian chant, Cantigas de St. María, Notre Dame School, early and renaissance polyphonies, …) with other repertoires coming from oral traditional music, mostly performed by women.
Both repertoires were transmitted primarily by oral means, this fact leading to common melodic, rhythmic, stylistic and formal characteristics. That is why juxtaposing these repertoires results in their mutual enrichment.
CANTADERAS is a research ensemble that attempts to bring back to life a huge repertoire that fell into oblivion. The challenge is to study the songs gathered in the Spanish songbooks of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.