Morning Open Thread – First performance in 1000 years

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From Cambridge University:

First performance in 1,000 years: ‘lost’ songs from the Middle Ages are brought back to life.

An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1,000 years this week after being ‘reconstructed’ by a Cambridge researcher and a world-class performer of medieval music.  Now, after more than two decades of painstaking work on identifying the techniques used to set particular verse forms, research undertaken by Cambridge University’s Dr Sam Barrett has enabled him to reconstruct melodies from the rediscovered leaf of the 11th century ‘Cambridge Songs’.

After piecing together an estimated 80-90 per cent of what can be known about the melodies for The Consolation of Philosophy, Barrett enlisted the help of Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia – a three-piece group of experienced performers who have built up their own working memory of medieval song.

Additional information about the project to bring this music back to life —…


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2 Responses to Morning Open Thread – First performance in 1000 years

  1. It is kind of cool to have interesting music that one can listen to while doing other things.

    I have been a member of the Guild of American Luthiers for a long time, but never had the urge to build an authentic baroque instrument replica. Dulcimers present challenge enough. Those who do make antique instrument replicas have my admiration. It not only takes high-level craftsmanship skills, but a working knowledge of history and (usually) a prodigious amount of research. Even then, sometimes the instrument comes out all wrong.

  2. Good evening, Chuck. So much of the knowledge and skill is lost to the ages and must be rediscovered. Do you remember the fellow who building an iqyax? He’d make one, learn from tthe making, and burn it for firewood – a hundred times or more.

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