Codex Calixtinus: Vespers of Saint James

July 27, 2022, 10:00 pm

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Codex Calixtinus (Photo: M a n u e l from Valdemoro, Spain, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Since the ninth century, the routes to Santiago de Compostela leading to the sanctuary of St. James have attracted countless pilgrims and exercised a potent mystique. What has achieved less attention is the music originally sung during the services in honor of the saint. Marcel Pérès’s in-depth study of the Codex Calixtinus, preserved at the Cathedral of Santiago, has led to a reconstruction of the musical gems contained in the rare twelfth-century manuscript. This recording attests to the multiple stylistic influences encountered on the pilgrimage.

This week we offer Ensemble Organum, led by Marcel Pérès in Compostela: Ad vesperas Sancti Iacobi; Harmonia Mundi HMO 890531.


Hymnus peregrinorum “Dum pater familias”
Conductus processionis “Resonet nostra domino caterva”
Antiphona “Ad sepulcrum beati Iacobi” – Psalmus “Laudate pueri dominum”
Antiphona “O quanta sanctitate et gracia” – Psalmus ” Laudate dominum omnes gentes”
Antiphona “Gaudeat plebs gallecianorum” – Psalmus “Lauda anima mea dominum”
Antiphona ” Sanctissime apostole Iacobe” – Psalmus “Laudate dominum quoniam bonus est psalmus”
Antiphona “Jacobe servorum spes” – Psalmus “Lauda Ierusalem dominum”
Responsorium in organo “Dum esset salvator in monte”
Hymnus “Felix per omnes dei plebs”
Antiphona ad magnificat “O lux et decus Hyspanie”
Benedicamus Domino “Deo Gracias”
Conductus “Congaudeant catholici”


Ensemble Organum; Marcel Pérès, director

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