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The Way to Jerusalem

Anti-Judaism in Early Music

From the Chansons des Croisades to the St. John’s Passion by way of the Cantigas de Santa Maria, many of the most beloved early music pieces boast strongly Anti-Judaic texts. They have usually been treated as semi-harmless, but were they really? The backstory of the Crusade repertoire consists of real massacres, documented in sung poems in which the Jews, tragically and ironically, borrowed the forms and rhetoric of their very executioners. In tonight's program, Avery Gosfield talks about Anti-Judaism in Early Music while Ensemble Lucidarium performs selections from their program Iter Hierosolymitanum [The Way to Jerusalem]: Jewish and Christian Songs from the Time of the Crusades (1095–1291).

Enrico Fink, Lior Leibovici: voice
Luca Piccioni: voice, lute
Avery Gosfield: recorder and pipe and tabor
Élodie Poirier: vielle
Massimiliano Dragoni: hammer dulcimer, percussion

Music of the Crusades (program)

Program booklet for Ensemble Lucidarium's concert


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