CSM Prologue A Lyrics: Don Afonso de Castéla Prologue AThis first prologue lacks an epigraph, both in the main text and the manuscript index in [E]. It also lacks music, but a spoken recitation would make an excellent introduction to any performance or recording of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Note that the first stanza here, and the last two, have a slightly different metre to the rest, with feminine rhymes and therefore an extra syllable in the first and third lines. Fortunately, that kind of systematic change is very rare amongst the vast majority of cantigas which do have music, but in which the music is only written out for the first stanza; see CSM 162 and CSM 173 for examples of the problems this can cause.

Standard spelling
Don Afonso de Castéla
Prologue A: Don Afonso de Castéla
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Standard spelling
Line Stanza I  Metrics  
1 Don Afonso de Castéla, 7' a  
2 de Toledo, de Leôn 7  b  
3 Rei e ben des Compostéla 7' a  
4 ta o reino d' Aragôn, 7  b  
 
  Stanza II     
5 De Córdova, de Jaên, 7  a  
6 de Sevilla outrossí, 7  b  
7 e de Murça, u gran ben 7  a  
8 lle fez Déus, com' aprendí, 7  b  
 
  Stanza III     
9 Do Algarve, que gãou 7  a  
10 de mouros e nóssa fé 7  b  
11 meteu i, e ar pobrou 7  a  
12 Badallouz, que reino é 7  b  
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  Stanza IV     
13 Muit' antigu', e que tolleu 7  a  
14 a mouros Névl' e Xerez, 7  b  
15 Beger, Medina prendeu 7  a  
16 e Alcalá d' outra vez, 7  b  
 
  Stanza V     
17 E que dos Romãos Rei 7  a  
18 é per dereit' e Sennor 7  b  
19 este livro, com' achei, 7  a  
20 fez a onrr' e a loor 7  b  
 
  Stanza VI     
21 Da Virgen Santa María, 7' a  
22 que éste Madre de Déus, 7  b  
23 en que ele muito fía. 7' a  
24 Porên dos miragres séus 7  b  
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  Stanza VII     
25 Fezo cantares e sões, 7' a  
26 saborosos de cantar, 7  b  
27 todos de sennas razões, 7' a  
28 com' i podedes achar. 7  b  
 

Footnotes

This first prologue lacks an epigraph, both in the main text and the manuscript index in [E]. It also lacks music, but a spoken recitation would make an excellent introduction to any performance or recording of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Note that the first stanza here, and the last two, have a slightly different metre to the rest, with feminine rhymes and therefore an extra syllable in the first and third lines. Fortunately, that kind of systematic change is very rare amongst the vast majority of cantigas which do have music, but in which the music is only written out for the first stanza; see CSM 162 and CSM 173 for examples of the problems this can cause.

Prologue A has no music.

Manuscript references

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

[E]Aviewhttp://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cantigas/facsimiles/E/053small.htmlExternal link
[T]A 
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Oxford CSM Database record

External link to poem data:  CSM 428http://csm.mml.ox.ac.uk/index.php?p=poemdata_view&rec=428

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

Stanzas

7'  7  7'  7 I VI VII
7  7  7  7 II III IV V

Rhyme

abab
 IIIIIIIVVVIVII
aɛlaou̯eu̯ei̯i.aoŋes
biɛɛu̯s

Estimated performance times

Average syllables / min. Time
Very slow504:02
Slow1002:01
Medium1501:20
Fast2001:00
Very fast2500:48

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: 202