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The Origins of Popular Song (III). From Medieval Cantigas to Popular Song

Anonymous works and Alfonso X "el Sabio"


The influences the Cantigas de Santa María draws on are still subject to debate. While that of troubadour lyric poetry is unquestionable, more disputed is the influence of Hispano-Muslim poetry. But there is a third influence that has received little attention: that of the oral tradition. The concert given by Cantaderas focuses on the latter, combining a selection of Cantigas with a series of popular songs, many related to the festivity of the marzas(marking the month of March and the beginning of spring).

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