CSM Cantiga 162 Lyrics: A sas figuras muit' onrrar Cantiga 162This Cantiga is exceptional in that the metre appears to change deliberately partway through. In all three manuscripts, the first two stanzas are 8-10-8-10-8-8 and the remaining ones are 8-10-8-10-8-10. However the music, as usual, is only written out for the first stanza. Fortunately, a solution for fitting the extended stanzas to the music is rather obvious. The last line of music has a descending scale of four notes for two syllables, which are written as .oyo + .oron over -ger mal in the first stanza, but which can very comfortably be broken into four separate puncta (.o + .o + .o + .o) keeping the same pitches, thereby accommodating two more syllables at the points indicated by the double underline in my text. To apply this to Elmes' edition, just remove the A-G and F-E slurs in his penultimate bar and fit four syllables to the four crotchets.

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A sas figuras muit' onrrar
Cantiga 162: A sas figuras muit' onrrar
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Como Santa María fez a sa omagen que mudaran dun altar a outro que se tornass' a séu logar onde a tolleran.

Line Refrain  Metrics  
1 A sas figuras muit' onrrar 8  A
2 devemos da Virgen sen par. 8  A
 
  Stanza I     
3 Ca en onrrá-las dereit' é 8  b
4 e en lles avermos gran devoçôn, 10  c
5 non ja por elas, a la fé, 8  b
6 mas pola figura da en que son; 10  c
7 e sól non devemos provar 8  A
8 de as trager mal nen viltar. 8  A
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
 
  Stanza II     
9 E daquesto vos contarei 8  b
10 óra un mui gran miragre que fez 10  c
11 en Canete, per com' achei 8  b
12 en verdad', esta Sennor de gran prez 10  c
13 dũa omagen que comprar 8  A
14 foi un cavaleir' e i dar 8  A
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
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  Stanza III     
15 Na sa eigreja, que está 8  b
16 fóra da vila cabo do portal, 10  c
17 en que grandes vertudes á 8  b
18 que faz esta Sennor espirital. 10  c
19 Porend' os gẽollos ficar 8  A
20 foi e pose-a no maior altar, 10  A .oyo .oron
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
 
  Stanza IV     
21 U esteve gran temp' assí; 8  b
22 e Déus por ela miragres mostrou, 10  c
23 ta que un bispo vẽo i 8  b
24 de Conca, que a toller ên mandou 10  c
25 e põê-l' en outro logar, 8  A
26 porque a non viu de bon semellar. 10  A .oyo .oron
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
 
  Stanza V     
27 Ao crérigo capelán 8  b
28 mandou o bispo aquesto fazer, 10  c
29 e ele lógo manamán 8  b
30 foi a omagen do altar toller; 10  c
31 mas en outro día achar 8  A
32 a foi u x' ante soía estar. 10  A .oyo .oron
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
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  Stanza VI     
33 Quando o crérigu' esto viu, 8  b
34 cuidou a pran que o fezér' alguên, 10  c
35 e por aquesto comediu 8  b
36 que a omagen tornasse porên 10  c
37 u ll' o bispo fora mandar 8  A
38 e a eigreja fosse ben serrar. 10  A .oyo .oron
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
 
  Stanza VII     
39 E ar fez come sabedor 8  b
40 e levou a chave; e pela luz 10  c
41 tornou i, quando o alvor 8  b
42 parecía, e achou ant' a cruz 10  c
43 a omagen, e amostrar 8  A
44 a foi a quantos s' i foran juntar 10  A .oyo .oron
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
 
  Stanza VIII     
45 Entôn polas missas oír. 8  b
46 E todos déron loor end' a Déus 10  c
47 e a ela, que sen falir 8  b
48 móstra alí grandes miragres séus, 10  c
49 por que a vẽen aorar 8  A
50 muitas gentes e do séu ofertar. 10  A .oyo .oron
  A sas figuras muit' onrrar...    
Cantigas de Santa Maria for Singers ©2013 by Andrew Casson
www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/csm/162
 

Footnotes

This Cantiga is exceptional in that the metre appears to change deliberately partway through. In all three manuscripts, the first two stanzas are 8-10-8-10-8-8 and the remaining ones are 8-10-8-10-8-10. However the music, as usual, is only written out for the first stanza. Fortunately, a solution for fitting the extended stanzas to the music is rather obvious. The last line of music has a descending scale of four notes for two syllables, which are written as .oyo + .oron over -ger mal in the first stanza, but which can very comfortably be broken into four separate puncta (.o + .o + .o + .o) keeping the same pitches, thereby accommodating two more syllables at the points indicated by the double underline in my text. To apply this to Elmes' edition, just remove the A-G and F-E slurs in his penultimate bar and fit four syllables to the four crotchets.

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Footnotes

E1:

See the main note on the Lyrics tab for an explanation of the metrical breaking on this ligature and the following plica from stanzas III to the end.

Manuscript references

External links marked are to facsimiles on Greg Lindahl's Cantigas de Santa Maria website.

[E]162viewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/308small.htmlExternal link
[T]162 
[To]VIviewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/To/bob101small.gifExternal link

Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 162http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=162

Links to the Oxford database are provided with the kind permission of the project team. When planning a concert or recording, I would recommend that you use (and credit) my more pragmatic texts and supporting materials in the preparation of your performance, but that you request permission from the Oxford database team to reproduce (and credit) their own critically edited texts in your programme or liner notes, as these adhere to stricter criteria that keep them closer to the original sources, and undoubtedly have the greater academic authority.

Metrical summary

Refrain

8  8

Stanzas

8  10  8  10  8  8 I II
8  10  8  10  8  10 III IV V VI VII VIII

Rhyme

AA / bcbcAA
 RIIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIII
A
b ɛei̯aiiu̯
c alou̯ɛu̯s

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow5011:11
Slow1005:35
Medium1503:44
Fast2002:47
Very fast2502:14

These are very approximate total times for a full sung (or spoken) performance of all stanzas with all repeats of the refrain. Note that the speed is in average syllables per minute, and no particular mensural interpretation is assumed. More ornamented music will reduce the syllabic speed considerably. Remember also to add time for instrumental preludes, interludes and postludes.

Total syllables: 560