Really, Really Old Music

I read this piece in the BBC News yesterday about Dr. David Creese of the University of Newcastle, and Armand D’Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University, who are recreating music from thousands of years ago. You can read about it here, and listen to Creese sing one of the pieces. Creese’s singing skills are endearingly voice-next-door.

This reminded of a 3,400 year old song that was found in Syria in the 1950’s. It was also recreated a few years ago. I listened to it and parts of it sound exactly like the Christmas carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Found it! Please listen to it. I still hear God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

This is choir 5 from the Forty Part Motet piece up at the Cloisters right now.

Forty Part Motet

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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