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Ave, plena Magdalena

O Maria, prius via

Ave, clari generis

Novum festum










A Medieval Easter

Medieval songs for Easter, drawing particularly on the repertoire of the Italian Laudesi.

Singing laude was one of the 'people's' way of expressing religious faith outside the liturgy and, in this manner, the tradition of singing laude bears a striking resemblance to the Sufi tradition which was flowering at the same time within Islam. The Laudesi were lay fraternities that sprang up throughout northern Italy from about 1260. They were middle-class citizens who gathered together to perform various charitable works, and to sing and pray. They employed professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists, but the deliciously accessible and engaging nature of the songs implies an inclusiveness not found in the liturgy.