The voices of the Romanesque

The voices of the Romanesque

 

The voices of the Romanesque

How are the images and music of the Romanesque related?  The manuscripts of Gregorian songs and Visigoth songs allow us to put forward an answer: the contents painted on apses and the frontals of altarpieces, the carved figures on chests and capitals, and even the ritual formulas carved in commemorative inscriptions, have their sound equivalent in neumes that define the sensual spirit of the words.  Because the societies of the Romanesque years were used to listening with the eyes, to look narratively at the messages of art.  The melodic memory provided the limit to the plastic contemplation in a defined and sacred time.  Currently, the dialogue between stone, wood, colour and voice allows the students of the subject of Plainchant or Plainsong to assimilate in context a performative situation that approaches medieval aesthetics.  This itinerary invites the virtual spectators to share this experience.

 

Juan Carlos Asensio, teacher of Musicology