The Cantigas de Santa Maria are a colleciton of 420 songs in praise of the Virgin Mary, compiled by Alfonso X the Wise, a 13th century king of Castile.
These are my rhythmic interpretations and arrangements of some of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. I tend toward a strictly metrical interpretation. I make no claim that this is correct, merely that it is pleasing to the ear. This page explains in more detail where I am coming from.
I am working from the excellent transcriptions by Chris Elmes.
You can find some other transcriptions of the cantigas in Cantiga's Renaissance Festival Favourites.
Images of the original manuscripts can be found on Greg Lindahl's website.
I have attempted a rhythmic reconstruction/invention for several of Adam's chansons, based on the transcriptions given in "The Lyrics and Melodies of Adam de la Halle" (1985) by Deborah Hubbard Nelson and Hendrick van der Werf.
The words have all of the intellectual depth of Lady Gaga -- this is 13th century pop -- but they're in an archaic French dialect, so no one will know! Some of these tunes have an anthem-like quality, and may be suitable for filking.
transposed for easy playing on my dorian tenor flute
transposed for my rather limited shawm where possible
abc notation source file