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Troubadours, in a journey of sounds at the Romanian Cultural Institute: Carols and Christmas songs of Europe during the 12th – 14th century

On Friday, December 18, 2015, starting at 6 PM, at the Romanian Cultural Institute of Bucharest, the medieval and traditional music group “Truverii” (troubadors) will perform the concert Cantus Hibernus – Christmas carols and songs dedicated to the Birth of Our Lord, in Europe, during the 12th to the 14th century.

Cantus Hibernus is a journey through space and time, revealing to the audience the joy of the winter holidays both by old carols from Romania, France, the United Kingdom and Italy, and by songs from old Medieval collections, dedicated to Virgin Mary and the birth of Jesus.

The “Truverii” medieval and traditional group is a vocal and instrumental music group founded in 2002. The performances by “Truverii” are a music journey throughout the centuries, in which the traveling audience has the opportunity to enjoy Transylvanian rhythms, songs dedicated to Saint Mary from the 13th century, from the collections “Cantigas di Santa Maria” by Alfonso 10, of Spain or Libre Verrmell by Montserrat, the music of troubadours that animated Medieval courts and taverns during those days, with dances such as tarantella and pizzica in Southern Italy, dances of Estonia, Occitan and Breton love stories and Scandinavian legends. The group conducts their activity at the Students’ Culture House in Bucharest and has constantly performed concerts at Medieval festivals all ofer the country, at the events of the Village Museum in Bucharest, as well as in Portugal, Italy, Luxembourg and France.

The programme of the concert at ICR includes the following works, with a total duration of about 60 minutes: Good News, Good Host – traditional carol from Maramures, from the nineteenth century, Stella Splendens – a song dedicated to the Nativity, Libre vermelle de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain, the fourteenth century; Los set goyts – a song dedicated to Mary and the Nativity, Libre vermelle de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain, the fourteenth century; Madona della grazia – a traditional song dedicated to Mary, from Puglia, Italy, sec in the 17th century; Un flambeau Janette Isabelle – traditional carol from Provence, France, the 16th century; Ecce mundi gaudia – a song dedicated to the Birth of the Christ, from a German codex, of the 14th century; Es ist ein Ros entsprungen – by anonymous, carol from Germany, music from the 16th century and lyrics from the 15th century, Entre le beuf et l’anne gris, traditional carol from France, from the 16th century, Here we come a Weselling, traditional carol from the UK, in the 17th century, Quem pastores, traditional carol from Bohemia, in the 15th century, There, there, beyond the hill, traditional carol from Maramures, in the 19th century; The holly and the ivy, traditional carol from the UK, the 17th century, Cuncti simus – song dedicated to Mary and to the Nativity, Libre vermelle de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain, the 14th century; Noel nouvelet – traditional carol, France, the 16th century, Our Lord and Saint Peter, traditional carol, Transylvania, the nineteenth century, In hoc anni circulo – a song dedicated to the Nativity, Sicily, Italy, the 13th century, God rest ye merry gentlemen – traditional carol, the UK, the seventeenth century; We Go Caroling, traditional carol, Maramures, the 19th century.

The access to the concert is free, in the limit of available seats.

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