The setting is a peaceful summer’s evening. A small group of pilgrims is resting, leaning against the church wall of the Abbey of Montserrat. They have travelled far and made their long journey to come and worship the famous black Madonna. In the proximity of Mother and Child, these pilgrims expect enlightenment, forgiveness, purification, inspiration and a new beginning.
Very soon and even ‘in situ’, some of the pilgrims return to their perverted habits. After their long journey they need to blow off steam, they drink, make a racket singing and dancing wildly. But not so these quiet pilgrims against the church wall. They are enjoying each other’s company. They also want to erupt in song, but these are songs of a complete other nature: to pass the time in the evening, they sing songs for the Madonna. They know their classics through and through.
They claim to be able to sing the 'O, Virgo spledens' in a triple canon. And the 'Los set Gotx' we will bring in their own tongue, not in Latin. We sum up the seven virtues of the Virgin Mary. And in the 'Ad mortem festinamus', we reflect thoroughly on our sins and death. They are all well known songs and the Abbey’s monks have written them down meticulously in a booklet, as if they wanted to say: “These songs and no other”.
Psallentes and Zefiro Torna have once again opened this booklet.
Liam Fennelly or Manuela Bucher fiddle
Jowan Merckx flutes, bagpipes, percussion
Jurgen De bruyn medieval lute, guiterne, percussion, artistic direction
Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Adriaan De Koster