The Five Kingdoms of Mediæval Spain

July 13, 2022, 11:00 pm

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The Mosque of Córdoba (Photo: James (Jim) Gordon, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Roman, Germanic, Byzantine, French, Arabic, and Jewish cultures all contributed to Spanish music. This week, a program of vocal music from Spain from the 13th-17th centuries: settings of secular and sacred texts by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Mateo Flecha the Elder, plus anonymous Sephardic and Navarrese love songs, reflecting the mix of cultures throughout the Five Kingdoms of Mediæval Spain.

This week’s musical selections come from WFMT’s Richard and Mary L. Gray Music Library.

Enjoy this program again for two weeks following the broadcast at


Teobaldo I, Rey de Navarra (1201-1253)
Phelipe, je vous demande; Dame
Eduardo Paniagua Group
Danzas medievales españolas
M-A Recordings M034A

Mateo Flecha (el viejo) (1481–1553)
El Fuego; La viuda
Andrew Lawrence-King; King’Singers
Fire-Water: The Spirit of Renaissance Spain
RCA Victor Red Seal 09026-63519-2

Sephardic traditional
Ah, el novio no quiere dinero; Aquel rey de Francia
Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; Gerald Moore, piano
Victoria de los Angeles: Songs of Spain.
EMI Classics 7243 5 66937 2 2

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Vadam et circuibo; Vidi speciosam
Stile Antico
Song of Songs: Palestrina-Gombert-Lassus-Victoria
Harmonia Mundi HMU 807489

Opening and Closing Theme for Baroque&Before:
Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Piva, performed by Musica Reservata (Boston Skyline BSD 123)