Enea Sorini (voice, psaltery, naqqara, tambourine) | Peppe Frana (oud, citole)
Musical witnesses for the Crusades have come down to us from at least two generations of troubadours and trouvères who dedicated a part of their poetic production to describing the momentous experience of ‘armed pilgrimage’; indeed, some of them personally took up the cross, thereby delivering a partial but nevertheless precious glimpse into the significance of this historical phenomenon and its enormous social, military and anthropological repercussions. The repertoire presented in this programme offers an overview of the main motifs that one typically encounters in Crusade songs: military exhortations and praise for the leaders of Christendom, but also torment for leaving behind one’s country and loved ones.
As a contemporary philosopher reminds us, there never was a war without poets: the blind and bestial fury of man against man requires the evocation of an irrational and transcendent dimension—it needs the singing of the epic poet (a figure that, not surprisingly, Plato thought should be exiled from the polis). The centuries-long sequence of the Crusades is no exception, and, if on the one hand these events represent the regrettable (re-)invention of colonial and religious war, on the other hand thanks to the human experience of those who took part in them we can mirror ourselves in the exaltation, the existential dismay and the meditations of these men, so far from us and yet so similar to us—at least as a stark reminder that no war ever was, nor ever will be, holy.
Supported by the Centre for Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, NUI Galway
|Palästinalied||Walther von der Vogelweide, c. 1170 – c. 123|
|La Septime Estampie Real||Anonymous, Manuscrit Du Roi - BnF fr.844 – 13th century|
|Ahi, amours, com dure departie||Conon de Béthune, c. 1150 - c.1219/1220|
|La Quinte Estampie Real||Anonymous, Manuscrit Du Roi - BnF fr.844 – 13th century|
|Consiros, com partis d’amor||Aimeric de Belenoi, c. 1215–1242|
|Karitatz et amor||Guiraut Riquier, Narbonne, c. 1230 – 1292|
|La Seconde Estampie Real||Anonymous, Manuscrit Du Roi - BnF fr.844 – 13th century|
|Pax! In nomine Domini||Marcabru, 12th century|
|Chevalier, mult estes guariz||Anonymous, 12th century|
|Twishya al hiyaz al mashriqi||Andalusian anonymous, 13th century|