These libretti’ are a major source of information concerning the cultivation of devotional music. In the same way as opera libretti, they provide details about each performance otherwise unknown, including the name of the composer, place, date and time of performance as well the texts of all the pieces performed in the celebration. Long series from specific cities and institutions are extant such as the Madrid Chapel Royal or Seville Cathedral which allow the study of changes in stylistic conventions, literary contents and relationships with contemporary social and political events.
This paper will present a comprehensive overview of the production of
these pliegos throughout more than two centuries, with special attention
to the earliest known sources from Seville Cathedral around the 1610s.