Martim Codax
Jogral medieval


Nationality: Galega

Biographical Note:

Probably a galician minstrel, active in the middle or third quarter of the 13th century. Although he is one of the only two authors present in the songbooks whose compositions were also preserved in an individual manuscript, the so-called Pergaminho Vindel, where they are accompanied by their respective musical notation (the other author being King Denis), nothing concrete is known about his biography. His surname seems to rule out the hypothesis of a higher social status. He would then be a minstrel or a segrel, most possibly connected to Vigo, a location repeatedly sung in his compositions.
It should be added that the authorship of the seventh song attributed to Martim Codax (Ai ondas que eu vim veer) is uncertain, having been added to the Pergaminho Vindel by the first musical scribe. It should also be noted that his name (in the “Martim Codaz” form) equally appears in a note, as yet not fully understood, transcribed by the Vaticana Songbook (and only this manuscript) after one of the songs of Martim de Ginzo (see, in that song’s edition, the note L, v.6).
As mentioned in the text explaining the criteria followed in this database, the huge quantity of musical recordings of Martim Codax’s songs in existence has lead our team to limit the audio files to chosen examples. A user interested in other versions can consult the respective discography on-line, at the following address


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Martín Códax: Cantigas de Amigo - A discography

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Cantigas (alphabetical order):


Ai Deus, se sab'ora meu amigo
Cantiga de Amigo

Ai ondas que eu vim veer
Cantiga de Amigo

Eno sagrado em Vigo
Cantiga de Amigo

Mandad'hei comigo
Cantiga de Amigo

Mia irmana fremosa, treides comigo
Cantiga de Amigo

Ondas do mar de Vigo
Cantiga de Amigo

Quantas sabedes amar amigo
Cantiga de Amigo