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March 12, 2014
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14th Century Sheet Music Used by Italian Monks see new life in the hands of Amherst College Students
It may always remain a mystery how two pieces of 14th century sheet music became separated from their original binding, but at some point, someone pulled them out and today the ancient documents live at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. All indications are the music was used and sung by Italian monks in the 1300's -- a group of Amherst college music students and their professor figured that out. Their research also lead to the discovery that one piece was sung to mark the feast of St.Michael and the other was sung on the fourth Sunday of Advent, which this year is December 19, 2010. Amherst College professor Klara Moricz told WFCR's Jill Kaufman, having undergrad students be the first to translate and notate ancient music is not the usual fare in an Intro to European Music course.
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