January 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm #16567
I just finished “Western Civilization to 1500” and am in the early lectures of the “since 1500” course and the lectures have been so interesting on your suggestion I’ve begun reading Cluny and The Popes of Avignon by Edwin Mullins.
Are there any Medieval music CD’s such as Gregorian chants or alike you’d recommend?
Thanks, RobJanuary 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm #16568
Rob, are you interested in secular or sacred music of the period, or both?January 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm #16569
I’m Catholic so sacred music of the time would definitely interest me but I’m not opposed to secular music either. I’d like to purchase a few CD’s on iTunes or Amazon and if there was a compilation album you’d recommend I’d go in that direction.January 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm #16570
Anonymous 4 is one of the outstanding medieval ensembles in recent years. You won’t really go wrong with any of their recordings. Here is one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000007DL/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0000007DL&linkCode=as2&tag=thewesttrad-20
If you want the texture of male voices (Anonymous 4 is all women), Chanticleer has a CD of chant: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000000SRW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000000SRW&linkCode=as2&tag=thewesttrad-20
If you want to try some secular music (e.g. troubadour songs) of the period, the Martin Best Ensemble is good: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QR16V4/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000QR16V4&linkCode=as2&tag=thewesttrad-20
I believe you can sample tracks at all these links. I hope you find something you like!January 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm #16571
I appreciate the links. The Dante Troubadours by Martin Best Mediaeval Ensemble is something different and I like it. Thanks, RobSeptember 6, 2014 at 12:37 am #16572gutzmankParticipant
I know it’s not precisely what you had in mind, but these are my favorite ancient/medieval pieces. First, in Greek:
Then, in Slavonic:
That Greek one, in particular, is very well done. Note the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Biblical and the Nicene Creed in the original language.September 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm #16573
Thanks for the response, I’ll check those out as well.
On a somewhat related note. I’d like to read a revisionist account of the Middle Ages similar to Tom’s How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization and believe that The Victory of Reason by Rodney Stark may be what I’m looking for.
Are there any other books that along those lines that either of you would recommend?September 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm #16574
I have some ideas on this, but I’m away from my office and files for the next couple of weeks. I’ll try to reply with a couple of suggestions after Oct. 6.February 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm #16575
Just wanted to follow-up as I’ve now read most of your recommended books for lectures 33-42 (and I haven’t been disappointed yet!)
Were you ever able to check with your files to suggest any revisionist books on the Middle Ages?February 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm #16576
Rob, I apologize for not following up on this thread. It would be helpful if you could specify in what way you’re looking for a “revisionist” account. Are you looking for information on the economy, religion, philosophy? Stark paints with a broad brush, but his bibliography is probably a good source for mining.February 17, 2015 at 4:28 pm #16577
No worries. I do enjoy reading books on specific people, places, and events but I find it helps me remember by tying it together with broader books as well. Listening (and re-listening) to your course is obviously a great way to learn. As for something to read I’ll give Stark’s book a try.
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