The Crescent and The Cross –

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Music and Readings from the time of The Crusades. In these recordings we bring together music and song from the 12th to 14th centuries with poetry from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám (c1048–1131). We have included pieces from around Europe, much of which reflects the diverse historic cultural influences of the Iberian Peninsula, Ottoman Empire and local country tradition.

With the music and poetry on this CD we have attempted to bring together something of the feel and essence that rhythmical poetry and music have together. Early neumes up to the 11th century gave us phrasing and notation but no indication of rhythm. By 1200 rhythmic modes became the means by which we could interpret rhythmic patterns that drive the notation.

We hope the music, poetry and songs contained here bring something of the feel of the medieval culture and cross cultural influences of the time.

  1. Fanfare Perotin (died c.1238)
  2. Reading 1 – “Awake”
  3. Saltorello Anon 14th Century Italian Dance
  4. Reading 2 – “Slave and Sultan”
  5. Richard, 11th Century Attb King Richard I
  6. A) Stella Spendens (c1399), B) Santa Maria, Alfonso X El Sabio
  7. Cantiga 139, Alfonso X El Sabio
  8. Reading 3 – “The Worldy Hope”
  9. Douce Dame Jolie, Machaut 14th century
  10. A l’entrada del temps clar, Anon 12th century
  11. Quen a omagen, Alfonso X El Sabio
  12. Readng 4 “O Come with old Khayam”
  13. O we dirre summerzit, Reuental 13th century
  14. Kalenda Maya, Vaquieras 12th century
  15. Alle Psallite cume Luya, Anon 13th-14th century
  16. Reading 5 – “Ah fill the cup”
  17. Miri it is, Anon 12th century
  18. Reading 6 – “The Moving finger”A) Personet Hodie, B) Maie Din, Anon 15th century
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