Courts in Colour

A collection of traditional melodies from the important courts of Spain, France, Egypt and Jerusalem in the Middle Ages.

A fascinating collection of 21 vibrant tracks based on melodies from four mediæval courts, those of Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122 - 1204), Gaon of Tiberias (1000-1077), Saladin of Egypt (1138-1193) and Alfonso X of Castile and Leon (1252-1284). Cantigas creatively explore sounds and expression within an historical context, brought to life by an array of authentic mediæval instruments revealing the unique style and character of each nationality.



Cantigas recreate the music of the Middle Ages with authentic compositions which use techniques of mediaeval performance practice such as countermelodies, drones, rhythm parts and creative improvisation.

Press quotes

“[An] excellently produced and performed disc which will bring much joy to lovers of early music.”

The Canberra Times

“played with delicacy, precision and power ... Thanks to Cantigas for finding this music and performing it.”

The Melburnian

“If you like folk music, you will probably go nute over it”

— Patrice Connelly, Australian Music Teacher Magazine

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Track Listing

  1. A l'entrade del tens clar Cantigas
  2. Gaite de la Tor Cantigas
  3. Ce fut en mai Cantigas
  4. C'est la fins Cantigas
  5. Can vei la lauzeta Cantigas
  6. A chantar Cantigas
  7. De bone amour Cantigas
  8. Hebrew Melody I and II (Niggunim) Cantigas
  9. Hebrew Melody III Cantigas
  10. Hebrew Melody IV Cantigas
  11. Hebrew Melody V Fun shtot tsu shtot Cantigas
  12. Hebrew Melody VI Cantigas
  13. Turkish Melody I (Taqsim) Cantigas
  14. Turkish Semai Cantigas
  15. Turkish Melody II (Taqsim) Cantigas
  16. Cantiga 353 Quen a omagen Cantigas
  17. Cantiga 3 (supp) Alegria Cantigas
  18. Cantiga 384 A que por muygran Cantigas
  19. Cantiga 10 (supp) Como o demo Cantigas
  20. Cantiga 2 (supp) Virgen Madre gloriosa Cantigas
  21. Cantiga 375 En todo nos faz merçee Cantigas


Where to buy

Courts in Colour can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Move Records Studio
Release date
© 1996 Move Records
℗ 1996 Move Records
Classical, Early music
Catalogue number
MD 3177
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574317725