The origin of the Escolanía could be traced back to the monastic schools of the Middle Ages. The monks who founded the monastery (1025) hailed from the abbey of Ripoll, where there was a flourishing monastic school. The "Escolania" soon developed its own characteristic by enhancing religious services with its fine singing as early as the XIV century.
The golden age of the "Escolania" extended from the XVI to the XVIII centuries, as it was said by a contemporary chornicler of the time that "Practically all the Choirmasters, Organists, Precentors of Cataluna, Aragon, Valencia, Castilla, Navarra, and Galicia haad received their musical training in the Escolania of Montserrat."
Escolanía de Montserrat P. MIQUEL LÓPEZ
(1669-1723) Mestre de l’Escolania de Montserrat
Música per a orgue.
DAM Discmedi. Enregistrament 2007
Capella de Música i Escolania de Montserrat
Conjunt Instrumental La Caravaggia
Director del conjunt: Lluís Coll
Orgue: Eduard Vila
Direcció general: Joaquim Piqué
Escolanía de Montserrat Filmed in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, in April 2005.
"The boys of the Escolania de Montserrat perform their complicated roles with great maturity. Their sound is fruitier than what one would hear from an English or an American boys' choir, though, and their heavy Spanish accents are almost as surreal as their costuming and make-up."