Project Status: Ongoing
Restoring Lost Songs is a Cambridge University project to reconstruct the music accompanying Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. Though it is understood that early medieval composers set music to Boethius’ lyrics, it remains unclear what the melody of those performance sounded like due to the notation systems used. The project seeks to offer possible restorations of the music in text and performance. On the platform, one may find a list of medieval manuscripts containing notated versions of the Consolation in addition to links to repositories and sometimes images of the manuscript. Additionally, a user may search by song to find in which manuscripts it appears.
The project has also published scores in modern notation of possible restorations of some of the lyrics. Additionally, the project offers numerous essays on topics from instruments and notation, to performance practices. Finally, the platform offers numerous video and audio recordings of their restorations in performance in addition to teaching materials. The site is occasionally updated as of 2020.
Resource Type: Audio Recording, Bibliography, Catalog, Digital Edition, Discussion List, Images, List Format, Manuscripts/Facsimiles, Multimedia, Teaching Resources, Text: Medieval, Text: Modern, Video
License: No Fee
Modern Language: English
Medieval content details:
Dates: 400 - 1100
The project works with notated manuscripts containing the Consolation up to the 11th century.
Subject: Church Fathers, Classics, Humanism, Literature, Music, Poetry
Type/Genre of Medieval Primary Source Material: Art and Artifacts, Literature, Manuscripts, Material Evidence, Music, Textual Evidence, Verse
Geopolitical Region: Europe
Original Language: Latin