Montserrat is home to one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe, Escolania de Montserrat. Documents testify existence of a religious and music school in Montserrat as far back as the 14th century.
The Escolania now accompanies religious ceremonies and communal prayers in the basilica. All the choir members receive a high standard of musical training, along with human and intellectual education. The choir enjoys international fame and prestige, giving concert performances all over the world, as well as building up a large catalogue of recordings.
Over the course of its history, the school has produced a good number of choirmasters and musicians, as well as well-known composers and teachers. The Escolania also enables some of the monks at Montserrat to work in the field of composing, producing and teaching music. For more information about the School see the web Choir of Montserrat.
Salve Regina, Mater misericórdiae
vita dulcédo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamámus,
éxsules, fílii Hevae.
Ad te suspirámus,
geméntes et flentes
in hac lacrimárum valle.
illos tuos misericórdes óculos
ad nos convérte.
Et Jesum, benedíctum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsílium osténde,
o dulcis Virgo Maria.