Carles Viarnès

El llibre vermell de Montserrat



Toni Sistaré
at sala Paper de Música
de Capellades

Production & mixing
Toni Sistaré
at Lazy Studios, Igualada

Víctor Garcia
at Ultramarinos Costa Brava, Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Arian Morera & Roger Velàzquez

Release date
22nd of October 2013


El llibre vermell de Montserrat

The tiny songbook included in Montserrat’s popular Llibre Vermell is an endless source of music literature. As was documented in one of the sheets of the manuscript, the aim of these devotional songs was to entertain the pilgrims who, by the end of the fourteenth century, would walk to the monastery to venerate and safeguard Saint Mary of Montserrat. Over the last 25 years, its exceptional nature has fascinated quite a few musicians who have approached it from different perspectives.

This version is not a historicist piece of work but a completely new creation based on both the songbook’s original melodies and the cultural context which inspired them (and from which it was adapted into a dance, probably in Montserrat itself). The two musicians involved in this project, Carles and Pep, have long been familiar with and cherished the Llibre Vermell’s repertoire. Nonetheless, this set of songs is understood as a whole, as a concert programme. In short, this is the way the songbook should be interpreted: both directional in intention and with a heterogenous repertoire.

The interpretative tradition of versions –or I should better call it ‘perversions’– of the Llibre Vermell were lacking the shades of colour and light this particular version brings to it, ut solis radium.