Players of all kinds of instruments including flute, fiddle, mandolin, recorder, whistle, guitar, harp and more (and bass) can use this collection of music which is popular at modern renaissance festivals. The music is well-researched and annotated, and presented simply, with melody lines and chord symbols, allowing for a wide range of interpretation. Each selection is accompanied by text to suggest ideas for performance, place the music in a modern festival context and provide useful information to those interested in studying historical sources of early music. Styles range from the famed medieval Cantigas de Santa Maria (from which the group took its name) through Renaissance and early Baroque dance tunes to Celtic and sing-along favorites, with lyrics. Cantiga's arrangements of some of the tunes in this book can be heard on the companion recording. They are played at a learn-by-ear-friendly tempo by the ensemble: Wooden flute or recorder, fiddle, cello, harp and percussion. Includes access to online audio.
Cantiga is an active performing group - their CDs are available at cantigamusic.com. All net proceeds from sales of this book go to the band.