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Restoring Lost Songs: Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy


Singing Boethius's Lost Songs: New Videos Bring Neumes to Life

19 July 2020

We're delighted to announce the launch of a a new series of videos , made in collaboration with filmmaker Blazej Mikula from the Cambridge Digital Library. The videos focus on one manuscript – the ' Cambridge Songs' Leaf – which contains neumatic notation for six of the songs from Book I of Boethius's De Consolatione...

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Lost songs now freely available! New performing edition.

30 January 2020

1000-year old melodies for Boethius' On the Consolation of Philosophy as reconstructed by Sam Barrett, Ben Bagby and Hanna Marti with Norbert Rodenkirchen are now available for download in a new performance edition . Six songs from the recovered Cambridge Songs leaf span Boethius' lament in the face of his impending...

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Lost Songs Summarized: New Project Article Published

20 July 2019

The most recent issue of the Journal of Musicology features an article by Sam Barrett summarizing the project to restore lost Boethian songs. Drawing together the materials gathered together on this website, the article introduces the historical context for the songs, explains reconstruction processes, presents evidence...

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Songs of Consolation named as one of allmusic's albums of 2018

20 July 2019

We are delighted to announce that the project CD Boethius: Songs of Consolation has been selected as one of's albums of 2018 .

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Sam Barrett performs Boethian Songs at the Cambridge University Library

15 February 2019

On Wednesday 20 February, Dr Sam Barrett will be talking about restoring the lost songs of Boethius, alongside the 11th-Century Cambridge Songs Manuscript as part of the event Manuscripts and Music by Candlelight at the Cambridge University Library. For the second part of the event, Dr Barrett will be joined by his early...

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Boethius at the BBC: Sam Barrett and Benjamin Bagby on The Early Music Show

21 November 2018

In this week's edition of The Early Music Show, presenter Lucie Skeaping talks to Sam Barrett and Benjamin Bagby about their collaboration, and the process of reconstrucing the songs from Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae . The programme will air on BBC Radio 3 at 2pm on 25 November 2018, and will be available to...

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Sam Barrett to appear on Catalunya Musica's 'Sons de l'edat mitjana'

18 September 2018

The new series of ' Sons de l'edat mitjana ' (Sounds of the Middle Ages), on the Radio Station Catalunya Musica , will open with a feature on Boethius: Songs of Consolation . Sam Barrett will talk to presenter Maria Montes about the research that led to the reconstruction of the Boethian songs, and his collaboration with...

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'Boethius: Songs of Consolation' enters Official Specialist Classical Chart Top 20

23 July 2018

We're delighted that Sequentia's CD Boethius: Songs of Consolation , has entered the Official Specialist Chart straight in at no. 14 (20 July 2018). Wonderful news for all involved in this unique collaboration.

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Sam Barrett to appear on BBC Radio 3 In Tune

10 July 2018

Sam Barrett will appear on BBC Radio 3's In Tune on Thursday 12 July, to talk about his new CD with Sequentia, Boethius: Songs of Consolation . Catch the interview live, shortly after 5pm, or listen again for 30 days after the broadcast on BBC IPlayer.

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Read more at: CD Launch – Boethius: Songs of Consolation

CD Launch – Boethius: Songs of Consolation

18 June 2018

Boethius: Songs of Consolation Metra from 11th-century Canterbury Imprisoned in Pavia in the early 520s, Boethius could not have anticipated that his final work would become one of the most widely read books of the Middle Ages.

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