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Voices of confraternities


Fès (Morocco)

16:30 – Festival Fès world sacred music

Alongside the official churches and the religious orders, the Christian world has long featured lay associations with a spiritual and charitable purpose known as ‘confraternities’.

The laude introduce us to a little-known side of western religious music, one that is more rooted in the body, in short more physical. This is what Erasmus referred to as musica corporalis (corporeal music), condemning the gesticulations and the din of the drums which unleashed scenes of frenzy, turning religious songs into orgiastic celebrations. There was distrust on the Church’s part of this music used as a means of attaining ecstasy, even trance. The confraternities were at once encouraged and kept under close surveillance. Popular fervour must not turn too pagan. And these laude which bore the indications a ballo, for dancing, certainly justified Erasmus’ remarks.



Véronique Bourin, soprano
Clara Coutouly, soprano
Paulin Bündgen, alto
Hugues Primard, tenor
Olivier Coiffet, tenor
Philippe Roche, bass

Johanne Maître, dulcinas, recorders
Elsa Frank, dulcinas, recorders
Jérémie Papasergio, dulcinas, recorders
Denis Raisin Dadre, dulcinas, recorders and direction
Bruno Caillat, zarb, daf, tambourine