Gaita
Medieval Music



Music from the Courts of Medieval Europe

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Gaita
is Scotland's specialist medieval music ensemble dedicated to performing their music in a medieval context.

The core of our repertoire is the secular and courtly music of Medieval Europe - particularly from Scotland, France,Spain and Italy.



Cantigas Vol 1
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Gaita publishes books of transcriptions from medieval manuscripts including the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso, the Wise, the Llibre Vermell and the Cantigas d'amigo of Martin Codax.

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Cait Webb is an accomplished Calligrapher and Illuminator who produces original artwork to commission.



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Gaita is Old Occitan for 'watchman' - such as a guard of town walls who was usually equipped with a horn or a shawm for raising the alarm. The Gaita is a stock character in the genre of Troubadour song called the 'Alba' (dawn song). He guards a tower where two lovers spend the night and alerts them of any intruders (usually the jealous husband).  The same word in English became the 'Waite' - a member of a town band. The association with loud instruments also led to the current use of Gaita as the name of a North African shawm and for some Spanish and Balkan bagpipes.


Contact: Chris Elmes
(Edinburgh, Scotland)
(+44) 0131 557 2397
info (at) gaita.co.uk


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Last updated 13th December 2013