'Lost' Medieval Music Performed for the First Time in 1,000 Years
Researchers and musicians at Cambridge reconstruct songs from The Consolation of Philosophy
By Jason Daley, April 25, 2016
Something unusual happened at the Pembroke College Chapel in Cambridge, England, over the weekend: A trio of musicians performed songs that hadn't been heard in over 1,000 years. But playing the music, which came from the Roman philosopher Boethius’ influential work The Consolation of Philosophy, was not just a matter of just reading its notation. Rather, getting Boethius' work to the public's ear involved solving a decades-old library theft, not to mention the arduous process of deciphering the symbols representing musical notation in the Middle Ages.