Cantigas de Santuarios: The popular religiosity in 13th century Galicia.

Sanctuary Songs: The popular religiosity in 13th century Galicia.

Among the rich Galicia-Portuguese medieval lyric –considered de golden age of Galician literature-, we can consider the cantigas de amigo as the most delicate and elaborate expression of our culture. Through this program, Ensemble Lauda recreates a very particular selection of this lyric: they are eighteen cantigas de amigo in Galician-portuguese sanctuary.  That is how concise the description of this collection can be and at the same time, each one of the words that make it up contains an endless debate; they are endless readings that have built up so many bold historiographical, philological, cultural and even feminist theories.

For medieval society, religiosity was constructed from symbols rooted in his own imaginary, whose main characteristic was the divine.  When we talk about religiosity in the Galician-Portuguese cantigas on 13th century, we must think of the collective emotion; perceive how the maiden, protagonist, goes to the sanctuary  – to pray, to raise his prayers, or to light candles – candeias – before the altar of his patron saint – and as through words, he reveals traces of his religious sensibility having the saint as an intercessor.

Format of six: Four instrumentalists, a declamator with texts in Portuguese Galician and a solo singer.

* Instrumentalists also sing.
The instruments are replicas of sculptural sources of twelfth and thirteenth centuries, Portico de la Gloria, Compostela and Archbishop's Palace of Gelmirez.
Duration: 45min


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