In the past, the great Catalan Romanesque structures—above all castles and monasteries—resounded with the music of the time. There are few records of this music because it was difficult to transcribe it into conventional notation, but we know that the Pyrenees valleys were a fundamental circuit for the troubadours, and in religious venues masses were sung in what would later become Gregorian style. So this has always been a land of music, and still is.
But the music heard today in the surviving Romanesque churches and fortresses is very different. It’s no longer a music linked to communication or liturgy but to classical music festivals, mainly those held in summer (and often in the open air), and that seek beautiful, majestic and noble settings to offer the audience a wonderful sensorial experience in this incomparable framework. If you plan to visit Catalonia and explore the Romanesque route, keep in mind that your vacation can also be full of music if you choose these destinations on certain selected dates of the year.