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CANTIGAS DE SANTA MARIA (1126 words)
Each cantiga is represented in six or twelve (and in one case eight) illuminated panels that describe visually the miracle recounted in the song.
Galicia was the site of Santiago de Compostella, one of the greatest shrines of the Christian world, therefore it was exposed to pilgrims from all over Europe, which brought with them stories from their respective countries, as well as the elaborate poetry of the Provençal troubadours.
The Holy Mary is credited with healing powers, as in cantiga 37 where she restores an amputated foot and in cantiga 69 where she made a deaf-mute speak, and even with bringing the dead back to life, as in cantigas 21 and 33 where she restores to life a child and a pilgrim.
Discography of Cantigas and related medieval music (856 words)
The Cantigas de Santa Maria is a collection of over 400 songs about the Blessed Virgin Mary, compiled under the direction of King Alfonso X (the Wise) of Spain in the 13th century.
The Cantigas de Amigo, by the 13th-century Portuguese Martim Codax, is the first known "song cycle": the songs share considerable melodic and textual material.
Campus Stellae: from the Abbey of Saint-Martial de Limoges to Santiago de Compostela (LC 5718)
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