Martin Codax (Galician: [maɾˈtiŋ koˈðaʃ]) or Martim Codax (Portuguese: [mɐɾˈtĩ kuˈðaʃ]) was a Galician medieval joglar (non-noble composer and performer—as opposed to a trobador) - possibly from Vigo, Galicia in present-day Spain. He may have been active during the middle of the thirteenth century, judging from scriptological analysis. He is one of only two out of a total of 88 authors of cantigas d'amigo who used only the archaic strophic form aaB (a rhymed distich followed by a refrain). He employed an archaic rhyme-system whereby i~o / a~o were used in alternating strophes. In addition Martin Codax consistently utilised a strict parallelistic technique known as leixa-pren (see the example below; the order of the third and fourth strophes is inverted in the Pergaminho Vindel but the correct order appears in the Cancioneiro da Biblioteca Nacional in Portugal, and the Cancioneiro da Vaticana). There is no documentary biographical information concerning the poet, dating the work at present remains based on theoretical analysis of the text.

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1988Bella DomnaSinfonye2
1993The Essential HyperionVarious Artists1
1993Wanderers’ Voices: Medieval Cantigas & MinnesangThe Newberry Consort, Drew Minter, Mary Springfels1
1995Chansons de Femmes AVE EVA Brigitte LesneBrigitte Lesne1
1995Danzas medievales españolas: La España de los cinco reinosEduardo Paniagua Group1
1998Minnesänger Troubadours TrouvèresEnsemble Perceval1
2000Reflexe - Stationen europäischer Musik Box 3Various Artists1
2000De Peregrinos, Cruzados y Troveros: Música Medieval de los siglos VIII al XIVAbendmusik1
2001The Chants of Camino de SantiagoAmadis Ensemble1
2005Music for Alfonso the WiseThe Dufay Collective1
2006Lux Feminae (900-1600)Montserrat Figueras1
Flower of ChivalryThe Hilliard Ensemble1

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1990Lo Gai Saber : Troubadours et Jongleurs 1100-1300Camerata Mediterranea, Joel Cohen1
2004Sweet Music for BathingVarious Artists1
2005Century: La musique des siècles, Volume 4: Trouvères & Troubadours: Minnesänger & other Courtly ArtsVarious Artists1
2005Music From the Middle AgesStudio der Frühen Musik1
2006Music From the Time of the CrusadesVarious Artists1
2009Guide des instruments anciensVarious Artists1

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