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Psalm 136 and the handsome prince

posted Mar 27, 2017, 5:48 AM by David Mitchell   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 5:55 AM ]
Sorry to be so long incommunicado. These days, I am pulling together Holy Trinity's sixth Bach Passion. The choir are sounding great, and the orchestra will be excellent. If you would like to attend, you can find out all about it at our site, www.passiontoperform.eu. There are sponsor seats at €25, €15, and €7.50. There are also free seats. All details on the site. 
    My talk on the music of Psalm 136, at Pusey House, Oxford, went very well. One eminent academic, an expert on ancient Greek music, said he found my reconstruction of Psalm 136 "totally convincing". Meanwhile, it even got a feature in The Oxford Times, care of Edward Clarke, whose article is below. I am absolutely thrilled to learn that my deciphered version of Psalm 136 is the same as the one sung in an Italian cantoral tradition, and am following it up. If you want to know more about the handsome prince, you will find the text and illustrations of my talk on my Articles page or on my academia.edu page.

Psalm 136