Music of the Middle Ages was not something you bought on a parchment and took home to listen to. It was played live and, as with most modern live music, would change from performance to performance. Copyright did not exist
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The Age of the Troubadour

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by Edward Pearse on Thursday, 11 February, 2010


Music of the Middle Ages was not something you bought on a parchment and took home to listen to. It was played live and, as with most modern live music, would change from performance to performance. Copyright did not exist so writing a hit song and living off royalties was not an option. Even if you did write a song, if someone played it better than you, they often got the credit.

Today’s collection includes music from professional musicians as well as historical re-creationists performing tunes that have been passed down through the centuries.

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the program now at http://music.radioriel.org. Today’s music originates from the music library of Edward Pearse.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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