"Tell yourself often: with these songs the soul of a people beats in all its natural harmony and with all its true prestige.
Throw away far from you this sombre weight of prejudices, of topics, of imposition that are a vile lie. Speak in your true language: in the language of truth." Cancionero de Felipe Pedrell In this programme the seven cantigas de amigo and some other cantigas from St. María are inspired by the oral tradition of several Spanish provinces, among others those of Galicia and Castilla. In these regions the cantigas and the Galaico-Portuguese language were born.Pieces from the Sephardic communities from Sofia and Smyrna offer a rich contrast to the Spanish ones.