From the Library — Mediaeval Medley

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by Edward Pearse on Friday, 24 June, 2011

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.

 

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