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Jewish, Christian and Muslim Music in Medieval Spain, Volume 2

Altramar medieval music ensemble
Jann Cosart, vihuelas d'arco, rebecs
Angela Mariani, voice, harp, lira, percussion
Chris Smith, vihuela da mano, mozarabic lute, oud, percussion
David Stattelman, voice, percussion

Timothy G. Johnson, shawm
Allison Zelles, voice, harp, percussion

In 1993, the eminent scholar and performer Thomas Binkley challenged the members of Altramar to create a program of medieval music that would give equal representation to the extraordinary musical, literary and spiritual diversity of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Spain.   Such a project would require the inclusion of pieces in Castilian, Catalan, Gallego-Portuguese, Latin, Hebrew, colloquial and formal Arabic - and a plethora of specific musical styles and techniques.   Tom Binkley did not live to hear the final result, but his indomitable spirit continues to inspire us.

[1] Zajal: Yáhnï-kúm, Yahnï-kum!
    Ibn Quzmãn   (c.1086-1160)

[2] Planctus: Plange Castella misera
    Anonymous   (Codex Las Huelgas, c.1325)

[3] Cantar 3: La Afrenta de Corpes, lines 3145-3187
    Anonymous  from the Poema de Mio Çid (13th Century)

[4] Piyyut: àhâlay yikkonu dârakay
    Abraham ibm Ezra  (1089 - 1164)

[5] Muwashshah: Adir la-nã akwãh
    Al-A mà (d.1126) or Ibn Baqi (d.1145 or 1150)

[6] Estampie: Ball de la Mort
    Altramar  (after Ad mortem festinamus, from the Llibre Vermell, c.1396)

[7] Estampie: Canción del Shofar
    Altramar  (after Seville Chansonnier, 15th Century)

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