A conversation with Alexander Lingas on the debates surrounding the reconstruction of Byzantine music. We discuss the common origins of western and eastern Christian traditions, when they parted ways, and how both traditions passed through phases of reinvention. Why does the modern performance of Gregorian Chant sound so different from Byzantine chant?
When studying the relationship between women, music, and the medieval church, one of the most influential and prominent figures is Birgitta of Sweden.
An in-depth look at the music of liturgical drama and its role within medieval Christmas celebrations.
A conversation with Bissera Pentcheva about the sensory and spiritual experience of Hagia Sophia, where architecture, sound, and light met theology and prayer, based on her book Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space, and Spirit in Byzantium.
Could medieval women be musicians? Here are three examples of how they created music in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Watch this video as Bridget Barbara visits the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair and buys a leaf from a fifteenth-century manuscript.
The sounds of early medieval languages, including now extinct Early Irish and Old Norse, are to be given new life through a pioneering European research project.
The Finnish Heavy Metal band Turisas has focused on the subject of Byzantium and its relations with Scandinavia.
What comes to mind when you think of medieval music?
Trinity College Dublin is involved in an ambitious international cultural heritage project which is bringing back to life forgotten medieval chants and prayers associated with Irish saints such as St Patrick, St Brigit and St Colmcille.
A University of Huddersfield researcher has won an award that will aid her journey into England’s medieval musical past.
Professor Julie Cumming and a McGill choir bring a 500-year-old chant manuscript to life.
Four videos from the project Restoring Lost Songs: Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, which attempts to reconstruct the medieval songs included in Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae.
This paper attempts to fill that gap by offering a reconstruction of Viking Age Scandinavian music.
Laura Osterlund lecture on, and performance of, the music in the Codex Faenza.
Have you ever wondered how music was invented? Apparently, people in the Middle Ages thought about this question too, and they came up with several interesting answers.
The Pergamino Vindel leaf is famous for its 13th century collection of seven songs written in the voice of a young woman awaiting her absent lover.
Five recently published books about medieval music.
King Henry V of England was a well-acclaimed musician and musical patron. Thus, this thesis first examines the role of music in defining the reign of Henry, through his patronage of the Chapel Royal and its various composers, and his founding of Syon Abbey in 1415.
This thesis examines the late medieval English carol, an important indigenous musical form that is abundant in a number of sources from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth century, both with and without extant musical notation.
The two pieces introduced and briefly discussed in this article have so far remained unnoticed because of the manner of their notation. In each case pieces of twovoice polyphony were notated with the two voices separate, instead of in the score notation which has been usual since, roughly, the second half of the twelfth century.
Few people now remember that the guitar was popular in England during the age of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and yet it was played everywhere from the royal court to the common tavern.
The rivalry between two famous female singers was the topic of the day in al-Mutawakkil’s (r. 847–61) Samarra, according to the Kitab al-aghani.