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The Story of Music: Medieval


He who makes songs without feeling spoils both his words and his music.
- Guillaume Machaut


Part 2 of an ongoing collection:


Cover: La Dame à la licorne tapestry; lady and her maidservant (accompanied by lion and unicorn) play an organ in a scene depicting the sense of hearing.

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Hi! Sorry to trouble you but I was wondering, might you be willing to upload your annotations to the songs somewhere available for users outside of the US/Canada who cannot listen to the songs on 8tracks anymore? Sorry for the trouble, but I enjoyed your annotations so much. They were extremely interesting. While I can find the songs (at least some of them) elsewhere online, the fact that I can't access the information you so kindly provided is just such a shame...

@akitku Hi, thanks for your comment and I'm glad that you enjoyed this series and the annotations! This is still maybe my proudest creation here on 8tracks and it's a real shame you can't access it anymore. I am going to do my best to come up with a way to provide the annotations - it will be difficult, I think, to sync up the songs and the annotations anywhere else, but I will do my best. If not then I will make the annotations available on their own somewhere as soon as I can (it might take me a little while - but I will let you know when I have sorted something out!). Thanks again for your comment! :):):)

@Idril Gosh, thank you so much for replying! :) Well, if you manage it would be wonderful. And if it doesn't work out, then it would be great to simply read the annotations even without them being synced to the music. I just realized I follow you on tumblr (though I'm not there most of the time) so there or anywhere else would be great! Thank you again! XD

Excellent! I haven't studied history beyond a high school and personal level, and I found your annotations just as perfect as the music. I love medieval music and its wonderful to actually find out what some of the specific songs are about.

This playlist is very cool and educational! I love the annotations! As a history major who loves music and the medieval period, and who also loves to learn about the music of this period, I find this fascinating! Thank you so much for making it!

Thank you so much for this wonderful treat! Echoing the others' point, your annotations are far the best part of the playlist!