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The World's First
Multimedia Production?

The Music Of
Renaissance Alchemist Michael Maier

Atalanta Fugiens
Atalanta Fugiens may well be one of the first multimedia productions ever created. The work was created in 1617, by Renaissance alchemist Michael Maier.The complete title is Atalanta fugiens, hoc est, emblemata nova de secretis naturae chymica. The publication is a complex early example of multimedia art made up of 50 sections.  Each section contains an engraved emblem and has a verse and an epigram associated with the emblem, and a short prose discourse which elaborates an alchemical interpretation of the symbolism in the emblem. Each of the 50 sections also includes a short and unique musical canon composed by Maier.
You can go to our Atalanta Fugiens page to learn more about this publication and about alchemist Michael Maier and to listen to MP3 samples of the music from Atalanta Fugiens.

 

 

The Music Of The Spheres

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) published his work Harmonices Mundi, in 1619. This work, in which he attempted to explain the harmony of the world, was a series of five books and contained what is known today as his third law. The work was founded on geometry, from which Kepler derived first a theory of musical harmony and then a cosmology of the heavens and the earth. Kepler was attempting to find common rules between music and movement in the solar system. His music of the spheres is based on the relative maximum and minimum angular velocities of the planet measured from the sun. Using his theories, Kepler allotted to the planets musical intervals and musical motion.You can go to our Music Of The Spheres page and listen to MP3 representations of Kepler's theories and order an MP3 collection of various planetary audio combinations.

 

The Song Of Linus

A song performed in the ancient world that eventually became known as the “Linus Song” is an example of the one of the oldest known song and poem that was performed in various forms across much of the ancient world.

The origin and notation and words of the melody & poem is unknown. The song can be traced back to Ancient Egypt and then disappears into the mists of time.
The theme of the Linus song relates to death, both in the physical meaning, but also in the transformation meaning of change and rebirth in death and the transformations of seasons and the loss of youth to age.

The Ancient Song of Linus

 

Llibre Vermell
and the
Legends of Montserrat

The medieval music of pilgrims to the legendary monastery of Montserrat, Spain

 

Dream Angus

The lovely Celtic lullaby known as Dream Angus came from a unique tale.

The legend has it that Dream Angus comes to you at night and bestows dreams - you may spot him skipping across the hills, his bag of dreams by his side. Just the sight of him may be enough to make you lose your heart, for he is also the god of love, youth and beauty.


Dream Angus Lullaby MP3s


 

The Music Of The Ephrata Cloister



The Ephrata Cloister or Ephrata Community was a religious community made up of both men and women members, established in 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel at Ephrata, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beissel taught music at the Cloister and wrote hundreds of songs and choral works. Many of the other members of the cloister also devoted themselves to poetry and music and art. Their choir became widely known in early America for their ethereal and unique music, created in a musical notation system created by Beisell.



We have prepared a PDF file with 3 pieces of music from the Ephrata Cloister transcribed into standard notation and also a PDF file with scans of an original 16 page 19th Century periodical article about the Cloister containing many engravings.

Music of the Ephrata Cloister

 

The Music Of Justin Holland

Justin Holland was one of the first American classical guitarists, and he was teacher and a composer. He was also a prominent member of the African-American Masonic lodge. We have collected sheet music of the solo guitar works and the arrangements for voice and guitar of Justin Holland.

 


The World's Most Haunting Melodies

Haunting:

Continually recurring to the mind....
"haunting memories";
"the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"
Beautiful, but in a sad way
and often in a way which cannot be forgotten:
"a haunting melody"

The world's most haunting melodies,
chosen by people from all walks of life.

 

The Guitar Music Of
The Amazing "Mrs. Knoop"


L'Alhambra Waltz
1847

The Flowers Of Andalusia 1850

Rosignol Polka 1850

Carnival Of Venice 1847

The Adieu (El Adios) 1866

 

 

Madame Delores Nevares de Goñi was one of the most prominent and talented guitarists of her time. Her performances were widely popular throughout the Americas between 1841 and 1892.

Madame De Goni's first husband also was a guitarist, but in 1845 she married George Knoop, a renowned cellist, after Sr. de Goni ..discreetlty left the scene. Most of her guitar compositions were published using only the name "Mrs Knoop".

An 1840 notice in the New York Herald:
"A distinguished female, professor of the Spanish guitar, has just arrived from Europe' Her name is Dona Dolores de Goni, a Spanish lady of exquisite beauty, and still more exquisite accomplishments in Spanish music. During the last spring and summer she gave many exhibitions before the royalty and nobility of England, that brought forth great applause. Despite the lavish claims in the press notice, de Goni was only moderately successful in London."

Download the music of Mrs. Knoop
Scans of the original sheet music in PDF format, prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.


$3.50 - Paypal or Credit-Card

 

The
Hutchinson Family
Singers


America's first
protest singers


 

 



No kidding, this page has music composed for the infamous Illuminati conspiracy,
by one of the original members of that famous organization, including.....
"The Illuminati Anthem".

 


Traditional Masonic Music

A collection of MP3 arrangements of traditional music related to Masons.

 

The Music Of The Gow Family

Fiddler Neil Gow
& His Sons

The Gow Family -
Some of Scotland's most skilled and famous fiddlers and composers

 



A musical memorial for Canadian First Nations
activist, songwriter and filmmaker Willie Dunn.


 

Composer Arthur Farwell
& The Wa-Wan Press

The Wa-Wan Press was an American music publishing company founded in 1901 by composer Arthur Farwell in Newton Center, Massachusetts. Arthur Farwell (March 23, 1872 – January 20, 1952) was an American composer, conductor, educationalist, lithographer, esoteric savant, and music publisher.
The firm concentrated on publishing compositions by so-called Indianist movement members—composers who incorporated traditional Native American music into their works.

Composer Arthur Farwell
& The Wa-Wan Press

 

The Music of Amy Beach



Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave in the United States and in Germany.

The Music of Amy Beach

 

Music of the Early Printers

Information about many of the first Renaissance printers who were also music publishers and composers featuring MP3 collections of examples of this early music printing.

Music of the Early Printers

 



Bamboo, and the art of making bamboo flutes....

 

Sketches of Freedom
Ron Bankley
poems & other sounds

Sketches of Freedom is a combination of printed book and compact disc featuring the reading and musical interpretation of all fifteen poems.

 

 

 

"The Grampy Tales and Stories"

 

 


Considering the crazy ways things seem to keep happening after we send the politicians from both political parties to Washington D.C., a new kind of candidate for President might not be a bad idea. Or, we could revive an old campaign.
Listen to the original Howdy Doody For President campaign songs..........

Howdy Doody For President

 


Asia through the eyes of an
American jazz musician

Click here to go to the web page of jazz musician/composer, writer and photographer Bob Mocarsky. You can download chapters of his book, a work in progress of photographs and writings that describe his experiences living in Asia. A new sample chapter has been recently added.
You can also purchase a copy of Bob's new CD
Shanghai.

 

The People's Conspiracy
a project of
The International War Against Stupidity

 

Hannah's Song
The art & music of Hannah Cohoon

Hannah Cohoon is the most famous of the many artists from the mystical Shaker communities in 19th Century America. What is not widely known is that she also composed interesing songs .
Hannah's Song

 



Meet the CEO of Amaranth Publishing and The Creator!
And learn who you should contact if you know of a
Golden Retriever that needs to be rescued or needs assistance.

You can also listen to the MP3 files of "Sadie's Symphony", a memorial for our beloved Sadie, who passed away recently.

 

The Song Of Seikilos
The World's Oldest Love Song?

In ancient Greece a man named Seikilos inscribed a funeral pillar with an epitaph, poem and song for his deceased wife.

 

 

 

The Oldest Christian Hymn?
Oxyrhynchus is an archaeological site in Egypt, one of the most important ever discovered. For the past century the area around Oxyrhynchus has been continuously excavated, yielding an enormous collection of papyrus texts. Among the texts discovered at Oxyrhynchus are plays of Menander and the Gospel of Thomas (an important early Christian document), and the oldest known music notation and lyrics of a Christian hymn

 

A Gaelic Blessing
Gaelic Blessing
This is something the world
could use a whole lot more of...

 

Musikalisches Würfelspiel
(Musical Dice Game)

An interesting musical game, Musikalisches Würfelspiel (musical dice game) has often been attributed to Mozart. On this page you can download a free Windows program you can use to create hundreds of Minuets in the style of Mozart!
An Unknown Mozart Improvisation?
For the Mozart fans and music history fans out there, here is an interesting piece of music that we recently discovered that was published in Baltimore in 1874. The editor of this piece claims that this music was improvised by Mozart, and later written down by one of the listeners. An interesting story to say the least.

 

 

In 1972, after 15 years of research Prof. Anne Kilmer (professor of Assyriology, University of California, and a curator at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley) transcribed one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. Click here to go to our page about this unique song and to hear MIDI arrangements of various transcriptions of this song.

 

 

 

Arca Musurgica

The Arca Musurgica, described in 1650 in the innovative music publication Musurgia Universalis by Jesuit Father Athanasius Kircher, is a device by which both musicians and non-musicians can compose multi-part music.

 

Geronimo's Medicine Song

In the words of Geronimo -
"The song that I will sing is an old song, so old that none knows who made it. It has been handed down through generations and was taught to me when I was but a little lad. It is now my own song. It belongs to me. This is a holy song (medicine-song), and great is its power. The song tells how, as I sing, I go through the air to a holy place where Yusun (The Supreme Being) will give me power to do wonderful things. I am surrounded by little clouds, and as I go through the air I change, becoming spirit only."


Geronimo's Medicine Song

 


The World's Most Mysterious Book
The Voynich Manuscript

 

 

An Ancient Melody Used To Attract Seals




Will Kemp's Jig

How many people have danced 80 miles in 9 days? Well, Will Kemp did; and you can read his story and listen to a MIDI arrangement of Will Kemp's jig.

 

 

I have deposited in the county of Bedford, about
four miles from Buford's, in an excavation or vault, six feet below the surface of the ground, the following articles: ... The deposit consists of two  thousand nine hundred and twenty one pounds of gold and five thousand one hundred pounds of silver; also jewels, obtained in St. Louis in exchange for silver to save transportation ... The above is securely packed in iron pots, with iron covers. The vault is roughly lined with stone, and the vessels rest on solid stone, and are covered with others ...”

The Beale Treasure
If you can solve this cipher code,
you could become very wealthy!..............

 



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