The beginnings of the Judeo-Spanish lyric in the Iberian Peninsula have so far remained in the dark due to the lack of tangible documentation. On the basis of two manuscript collections of Hebrew sacred songs (piyutim) from the Bodleian Library in Oxford, it is possible to illuminate some of the formative processes of the Sephardic lyric song prior to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal. Careful readings of the first verses of poems in Castilian and Catalan appearing in these manuscripts as melodic codes for the singing of piyutim show some aspects of the lyric repertoire in romance languages known by Jewish poets and singers before 1492.
- Rambi Publications
- Jewish literature -- Spain -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 -- History and criticism
- Jews -- Spain -- Music
- Ladino literature
- Ladino poetry