Musical Assertions (fwd)
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ioseph at locksley.com
Fri Dec 8 09:14:45 PST 1995
On Fri, 8 Dec 1995, Carol J. Cannon wrote:
> Poor Lady Cynthia, I've a feeling she's about to be overrun with
> examples of those instruments that have... <smile> I'll forward your
> responses to her gladly.--Gra/inne
> Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 06:02:25 -0800
> From: Cvirtue
> I now have another medieval music CD, and in the liner notes is an
> assertion which I have a difficult time believing. Those of you who are
> musically inclined, would you please comment on the following?
> "Appropriately like the dinosaurs -- that is, quite without explaination
> -- no medieval instruments whatsoever have survived, so that we are thrown
> back completely on the often ambiguous iconography of the period (stained
> glass, paintings, etc. ) for our knowledge of these, plus a few scattered
> references in contemporary treatises to the tuning of instruments which in
> most cases we cannot even identify positively with those illustrated."
> Musically Unsophisticated in Crosston
For many of them, yes. Hell, we don't even agree on -names- much of the time!
However....we -do- have quite a few examples of medieval instruments, notably
the Celtic harps that have survived. See Armstrong's "The Irish and Highland
Harps" for examples.
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