Santiago de Compostela was a pilgrimage site where the liturgy was accompanied by an exceptionally rich musical culture. A significant part of western polyphonic tradition was developed there. An important witness to this is the ‘Codex Calixtinus’. The manuscript volume is named for Pope Calixtus II, who had been abbot of the famous Abbey of Cluny before becoming pope in 1119. The manuscript contains Gregorian chant and polyphony in honour of the Apostle James.
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Presented in a stylish 4-CD box set, here is a comprehensive recording of one of the most enigmatic manuscripts in the history of European music, preserved in the museum at the Château de Chantilly, France. ‘Anything that can be sung, can be written in music notation,’ claimed an anonymous treatise on notation in the late fourteenth century. The harmonies thus ‘captured’ on parchment represent an apex in Western music, associated with the wealthiest courts in Christendom, called ‘decadent’ by some.