Ensembles Discantus & Alla francesca
Centre de musique médiévale de Paris

A Path to the Field of Stars

Pilgrim’s song of St James from Middle Ages to our times

A walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims, where the Middle Ages (codex Calixtinus, Llibre Vermell of Montserrat) meet with French traditional songs of pilgrims from the Renaissance to our times.

Ensemble Discantus
Voices and handbells : Christel Boiron, Hélène Decarpignies, Lucie Jolivet, Brigitte Lesne, Caroline Magalhaes, Catherine Sergent
Brigitte Lesne / musical direction, conception, psaltery-harp, percussion
and optional:
Beatrice Delpierre / shawms, recorders
Pierre Boragno / recorders, bagpipes, pipe and tabor
Vivabiancaluna Biffi / voice, fiddle

Honouring the apostle Jacques and the Virgin Mary, men and women came from all over Europe to Compostela. The Liber Sancti Jacobi (or Codex Calixtinus, copied at 12th century) accompanied the pilgrim’s joy at the end of their journey. This work is a rich repertoire of liturgical chants / songs dedicated to the apostle. On the tracks of those tireless walkers, the singers of Discantus also lead the audience up to Montserrat's monastery – that keeps songs dedicated to the Virgin in the famous Llibre Vermell, so that the pilgrims can " sing and dance devoutly " during their evenings - and suggest pursuing this musical journey on a few centuries: E sus eia!

Février 2015 / Création au musée de Cluny à Paris à l'occasion de l'exposition "Voyager au Moyen Âge"
Juillet 2015 / Enregistrement CD à St-Michel en Thiérache
Octobre 2015 / Parution du CD chez Bayard-musique
Décembre 2015 / Concert Paris

Discantus / Bayard Musique