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Ensemble Ligeriana // Bela Domna

The common denominator to these 12 lyrical pieces consists in the fact that the lyrical 'I', in all of the songs, stands for a woman, which does not mean that we are here dealing with 'female' poetry, in the generic acception of the word: femininity is first and foremost a textual notion, and its expression in poetry and music, whether sincere or not, has to meet a number of strict criteria.
To prove the point, let us mention that the authors of the songs, when they are not anonymous, are either women poets, identified as such (e.g. the Occitan trobairitz), or possibly men poets also identified as such, specifically in the case of Cantigas de Amigo.
They generally sing of love, particularly unhappy love affairs, unhappy for various reasons: the betrayal of the loved one, his leaving for an overseas destination, or perhaps even his death.
This is all about secular lyricism, of course, but it can also 'drift' towards a form of religious poetry, through the use of the same genres, the same topoi and the same formal and musical processes : the Virgin is substituted for the domna, and Christ stands for the man-friend.