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Cecilian Feasts
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are festivals of a musical, cultural, or religious nature held on Nov 22, the feast day of St. Cecilia. The early Christian saint and martyr is known only through unreliable accounts written centuries after her martyrdom, during which (pagan) instruments were played (cantatibus organis). Beginning in the late 15th century, she became the patroness of music and of numerous musicians' guilds. In 1570, the association “Le Puy de musique” was founded in Évreux, Normandy. Its festivities included musical performances during the l…

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Ruff, Anthony, “Cecilian Feasts”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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