I'm a rock/metal fan first and foremost. However, I dig a lot of genres. Great music transcends genres in my opinion. For about three years now I've
been listening to middle ages/renaissance music more than anything else. It's no wonder now, that some of the best guitarists out there study the
The real classics!
King Henry the VIII of England is probably best remembered for his six wives, or the Church of England. But did you know in his younger years (before
he became a tyrant) one of his hobbies was writing music? Greensleeves is often attributed to him, but I think now scholars know he didn't write it.
One of my favorite songs of his though, is called Pastime With Good Company.
Another version from Blackmores Night (Ritchie Blackmore and wife Candice Night) picks up around the three minute mark. For those who don't know who
Ritchie is, you've heard his music somewhere, at sometime. Trust me.
It's a shame ole King Henry got fat and crabby, I agree.
So who else was shredding on their lutes and such back then? Alfonso X, the King of Castile, Leon and Galicia from 1252 until his death!
Alfonso X commissioned or co-authored numerous works of music during his reign. These works included Cantigas d'escarnio e maldicer and the vast
compilation Cantigas de Santa Maria ("Songs to the Virgin Mary"), which was written in Galician-Portuguese and figures among the most important of his
works. The Cantigas form one of the largest collections of vernacular monophonic songs to survive from the Middle Ages. They consist of 420 poems with
musical notation. The poems are for the most part on miracles attributed to the Virgin Mary. One of the miracles Alfonso relates is his own healing in
Puerto de Santa María. Wiki
Is anyone else a huge fan of music from the middle ages? I'd love to share more of this beautiful music, and I'd love to learn and hear about those I
may not know about yet. I've got a Pandora station I've tailored for three years I'd be willing to share if there is a way to do that, that doesn't
let people mess with my seeds. Anyway, just wanted to know what people thought before diving in with a massive post of song links. (This one only
scratches the surface)
For your time, a fun one from Horrible Histories:
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I originally used medieval ages in the title of this thread, but then changed it to middle ages thinking it was more appropriate. It came to mind that
if I used the words "middle ages" I'd get at least one or two comments about middle aged folks lol. Have no worries, unless you're a complete jerk as
a father, your kids do appreciate you, even if they don't realize that yet.
Another great piece:
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OMG... I absolutely looooove medieval/renaissance/celtic style music !!
It's great to see other people appreciate it as well, not too many folks do.
One of my all-time favourite artists is Loreena McKennitt, she's a Canadian from the Maritimes. Her music ranges anywhere from Celtic to Renaissance
to Moroccan... with a fantastic mixture of various instruments from all over the world:
This style 12 harp was built by the Lyon & Healy company in 1921 and is the smallest harp that the firm offered. It is strung with fiber core bass
wires and gut strings closely matching the original specification when the harp was built.
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