Medieval Iberian Song in its Mediterranean Context: from Andalusian muwashshahat to the Cantigas de Santa Maria

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Abstract

This paper reviews the evidence for influence of Mediterranean Islamic culture on song and music of the Iberian Middle Ages, especially in GalicianPortuguese cantigas, both of secular and devotional nature. The aspects covered areperformance practice (cyclic concept and modalities of contrafacta in secular song, with special mention of a poem by King Alfonso X); form and rhythmic patterning in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, (where both zajal form—associated to virelai and Andalusian rondeau schemata—and patterns modelled on Al-Farabi's treatises are found). Musical examples are provided together with historical discussion of their respective context.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2014
EventEncuentros / Encounters 2014: “Sounding Communities. Music and the Three Abrahamic Religions in Medieval Iberia - University of California , California, United States
Duration: 20 Feb 2014 → …
http://musicologyconferences.xevents.sas.ac.uk/event/show/12526

Conference

ConferenceEncuentros / Encounters 2014: “Sounding Communities. Music and the Three Abrahamic Religions in Medieval Iberia
CountryUnited States
CityCalifornia
Period20/02/14 → …
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Keywords

  • Música antiga
  • Cantigas de Santa Maria
  • Musicologia

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