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"Lux Mediævis" - Sacred polyphonies in Europe

Ecclesia6 performers: mixed voices with instruments
Flute, harp, viol. 

Lux Mediaevis, an anthology of sacred music from the Xth to the XVth century, is a programme that spans the diversity of the European schools of music: Spain, Aragon, France, England, ancient Bohemia. All along the Middle Ages, the evolution of musical composition headed towards an art that tended to reflect the motions of the stars: the music of spheres. By attempting the sublimation of humanly-conceived music, it hopes to come closer to the divine word.

Together with astronomy, geometry and mathematics, music is then part of the "quadrivium", thus considered as a science, and the exclusive preserve of clerics. The concept is quite paradoxical, as this art must also entertain: "Music is a science that wants people to laugh and dance, it does not care for melancholy, and wherever it takes place, joy it brings." (Guillaume de Machaut).

The four performers of the Ligeriana ensemble cover the way that leads from Gregorian monody to the contrapuntal science of XVth century polyphonies... A flight of lyricism in which the art of singing, sometimes a cappella, sometimes supported by viol, flute or harp, generates a music of jubilation.