Ars Metrica

A Formal Approach to Cantiga Sequences

This paper argues that a new, formal approach is needed to identify and analyze possible sequences of cantigas d’amigo and suggests that the beginning and end (and sometimes the middle) of a sequence will be formally marked. This assumes that sequences grew out of performance sets, and that songs with special formal features would have been placed in key positions. If there was a break in the performance of a set, the song just before or after the break (or both) might also be marked. Examples drawn from various sets are adduced to support this thesis. Read more