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Viking Music? New CD of Viking age music climbs the charts

Can one recreate the music of the Viking age? A newly released CD called Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia hopes to do so, and has already earned praise from reviewers and risen into the top 20 of the Official Specialist Classical Chart.

The Troubadours and the Song of the Crusades

The troubadours have been credited as giving birth to the lyrical poetry of modern European languages. Emerging in France, they were predominantly male composers from parts of Western Europe during the High Middle Ages

Cultural Exchange in the Languages and Literatures of Medieval Spain

Professor David Wacks’s fascinating discussion of the Iberian Peninsula and it’s incredible linguistic heritage.

Medieval Meets Modern: Stary Olsa Take on Rock Classics With a Medieval Twist

A look at medieval musicians, Stary Olsa.

Medievalism and Exoticism in the Music of Dead Can Dance

In 1991, the alternative rock band Dead Can Dance released an album that caught the attention of music reviewers by constructing an aural allegiance to the Middle Ages.

REVIEW: The Ballad of Robin Hood

Over the holiday season, Southwark Playhouse is presenting their reinterpretation of The Ballad of Robin Hood.

Free Online Course on Medieval Music Begins today

The University of Basel and Future Learn have teamed up to offer a seven week free online course that will teach the history of musical notation in the Middle Ages, and show you how to decode medieval music manuscripts.

Music for a Captured King: Richard the Lionheart and Blondel

Love him or hate him, one thing you can say about England’s Richard the Lionheart is that there are some great stories about him.

Anne Boleyn’s Songbook

Now for the first time in 500 years much of the music included in Anne Boleyn’s songbook has been recorded by the Alamire Consort, under the direction of Dr. David Skinner of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.

Horn Iconography as Found in the Grand Medieval Bestiary

Given at the 47th International Horn Symposium, on August 4, 2015

Hildegard’s Cosmos and Its Music: Making a Digital Model for the Modern Planetarium

The work reported on in this talk is a collaborative effort involving forces performative, scholarly, and technological. Because of the way Hildegard describes her understanding of the cosmos in the treatise Scivias, the model unfolds in two acts.

Through the Looking Glass Darkly: Medievalism, Satanism, and the Dark Illumination of the Self in the Aesthetics of Black Metal

The upside-down world of Satanic black metal is uncanny, both familiar in its use of inverted tropes and schemes and yet completely ‘other’ to those on the outside looking in, including Christians and consumers of mainstream popular culture.

Californication – Medieval cover version by Stary Olsa

The Belarussian band Stary Olsa, whose video of their medieval version of Metallica’s song One was a viral hit last year, have just released a new cover for the song Californication, originally by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Discovering hidden music in the Bestiary of Love

Elizabeth Eva Leach speaks on ‘Richard de Fournival Across the Disciplines’

Medievalism and Exoticism in the Music of Dead Can Dance

In 1991, the alternative rock band Dead Can Dance released an album that caught the attention of music reviewers by constructing an aural allegiance to the Middle Ages.

The Troubadours, Part I: Sad Songs Say So Much

The height of their popularity was in the 12th-13th Centuries, and they wrote songs about people, politics, and religion, but most of all, love. Let’s take five minutes to talk about troubadours.

Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered

New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.

The Medieval version of Metallica

The medieval folk band Stary Olsa has made an impressive cover of the Metallica song ‘One’.

A Medieval Scholasticus and Renaissance Choirmaster: A Portrait of John Hothby at Lucca

John Hothby’s career as cathedral choirmaster at Lucca is one of the longest, best documented, and most exceptional of any Northern musician active in fifteenth-century Italy.

Natasha Mira finds her voice with Medieval Pop

‘I can finally say I feel at home with Medieval Pop as a sound and a brand that is 100% honest with myself.’

Medieval Song of Summer: Sumer is Icumen In!

One of the most famous pieces of music that has survived is a Middle English song about summer.

Music as Text and Music as Image

Danielle Trynoski reports on ‘Music as Text and Music as Image’ by Susan Boynton at the Medieval Academy of America and Medieval Association of the Pacific Conference

‘A great heathen fist from the North’: Vikings, Norse Mythology, and Medievalism in Nordic Extreme Metal Music

Viking metal is a dynamic and popular subgenre of metal music of burgeoning popularity coming primarily from Nordic countries.

The Place of the Organ in the Medieval Parish Church

A list of eight hundred existing parish churches with a priori evidence of organs has been drawn up, forming the basis for exploration of medieval churches for physical evidence of liturgical musical arrangements, including organs.

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