Following many years of research, Antoni Rossell, professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, was able to establish a realistic musical reconstruction of the Spanish gesture song El Cantar de mio Cid (The Poem of the Cid) and revisits in front of an audience the vocal work and the gestures of a 13th century juggler. The film contained in the volume captures excerpts from the lyrical interpretation of the Cid by Antoni Rossell by adding numerous visual supports and film footage shot at the same places evoked in the song. He plunges the spectator into a timeless Spain, of harsh beauty, composed of deprivation and silence; the devastated land of exile.
The volume contains the DVD of the film, preceded by 8 unpublished studies on essential aspects of the Cantar de Mio Cid which has been published in three languages (French, Spanish and English):
A presentation of the performance of Antoni Rossell and the film;
A discussion on the medieval epic and song;
A presentation of the musicology approach of Antoni Rossell;
Who was Rodrigue de Vivar, the Cid?
What are the first texts of the corpus Cidien?
What does the poem do with spatial references?
The links between the Castilian poem and its French models