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Sendebar presents a collection of medieval mediterranean music programs that combine European, North African and Middle Eastern influences.

Por que trovar
Castilian and Leonese Medieval Music
The Cantigas of Santa Maria and the Huelgas Codex

Selections are presented from the famous Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th c.), composed and assembled in the multicultural court of King Alfonso X the Learned. The program also features the most beautiful polyphonic conductus and motets from the famous Las Huelgas Codex (13th c.), copied for the Monastery of Huelgas in the city of Burgos which became a prestigious scholarly center under Alfonso's reign.

Peregrins i trobadors
Catalan Medieval Music
Llibre Vermell, Cantigas of Montserrat, and the Catalan Troubadours

During the middle ages, the Monastery of Montserrat was considered the spiritual center of Catalunya and one of the most important centers of pilgrimage in the Iberian peninsula. The program features some of the monophonic and polyphonic pieces found in the renowned Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14th c.). The program also includes courtly songs of the Catalan troubadours and a selection from the Cantigas of Santa Maria, of the King Alfonso X the Learned, which recount famous miracles attributed to the Virgin of Montserrat.

Iacobi Gallecia
Galician Medieval Music
Martin Codax, Cantigas de Santiago de Compostela, and the Codice Calixtinus

Spanish medieval poetry seemed to have been more inspired by the Arabic and Mozarabic poetry of Andalucia than by the troubadour tradition of southern France. This tradition is exquisitely represented in the Cantigas d'Amigo, by the Galician troubadour Martin Codax (13th c.), which are the earliest surviving examples of secular music in the Iberian peninsula. The Cantigas d'Amigo are performed with the Cantigas de Santa Maria, of the King Alfonso X the Learned, dedicated to the famous road to Santiago in Galicia, and with polyphonic music from the Codex Calixtinus (12th c.) that, although of French origin, is thought to have been used for the rituals at the great monastery at Santiago de Compostela.

The Llibre Vermell of Montserrat

This program presents the complete collection of monophonic and polyphonic songs compiled in the fourteenth-century Catalonian manuscript known as the Llibre Vermell of Montserrat. These pieces, dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, were composed to be performed by the pilgrims visiting the monastery of Montserrat, spiritual center of Catalonia. The program is completed by a group of the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X that narrates miracles performed by the Virgin Mary in Catalonia.

Iberian Medieval Music

The Iberian peninsula was a cultural crossroad during the middle ages. Christians, Muslims, and Jews cohabitated for centuries, creating one of the most splendid civilizations in history and producing a musical language of incredible refinement. The program features a collection of Iberian medieval music that includes the famous Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th c.), composed and assembled in the multicultural court of King Alfonso X the Learned; the exquisite Cantigas d'Amigo, by the Galician troubadour Martin Codax (13th c.); and the courtly songs of the Catalan troubadours. Also included are spiritual polyphonic compositions from the Codex Calixtinus (12th c.) and from Las Huelgas (13th c.), used at Santiago de Compostela and in the city of Burgos; and the sumptuous Llibre Vermell of the monastery of Montserrat (14th c.).

Amoris et Mortis
The music of love and death in Occitania

This program showcases a collection of troubadour melodies, dedicated to the subjects of love and death, and Aquitanian monophonic and polyphonic music.

Joculatoris Domini
Sacred and Secular Medieval Italian Music

This program presents a collection of monophonic laude spirituali, songs that narrate the lives of the saints, that are preserved in the 13th-14th century Laudario di Cortona and the Laudario di Magliabechiano. Also included are saltarelli, ballati, and stampite — vocal and instrumental Italian dances of the fourteenth century.