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Archive for April 24, 2014

A Trippy Composer

Claude Vivier

The composer writes, “Then he removed a dagger from his jacket and stabbed me through the heart.” At that point the music stops abruptly.
—That’s pretty intense, right? Never mind that it really happened.

Claude Vivier was only 35 years old when a male prostitute stabbed him

Baroque&Before: Can You Read Medieval Music?

Introit from Missa verspertina in cena Domini

We know the Neanderthals made flutes of bone some 43,000 years ago. More recent came hieroglyphs with harps, flutes, and lute-like instruments. The art of the ancient Greeks and Romans have similar images. Keeping that in mind, figures like the treble clef or the quarter note are newcomers to the human timeline. How those ancient musics sounded has been lost. It wasn’t until medieval monks