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Beowulf Recording (fwd)

Poster: clevin@ripco.com (Craig Levin)


> Numerous times I have heard sound recordings of Beowulf being read aloud
> in Old English, often to the accompanyment of a harp or rote.  Always
> interesting to hear, but since I do not speak Old English, I wouldn't want
> to listen to the whole epic that way.

I dunno. I don't speak Italian, but Verdi wouldn't be the same in

> 	Recently, however, I was watching a PBS series called _The Story
> of English_, and in the second episode, _The Mother Tongue_, they had a
> proffessor (from Oxford, I beleive-- I can't recall his name, although I
> plan on watching the video again soon and finding out who he is), playing
> a rote, and *singing* Beowulf in Old English.  This is the first time I
> had heard Beowulf being sung rather than spoken, and it was beautiful.
> Now, of course, I am obsessed with the idea of finding a recording of
> Beowulf being sung in Old English.  Can anyone suggest such a recording to
> me, or let me know how I could find one?

I was at the 30th International Congress on Medieval Studies 2
years ago in Kalamazoo, where Benjamin Bagby, a member of
_Sequentia_, a group that pecializes in exacting recreations of
mediaeval music, performed Beowulf for us all. You might start
looking under his name or under that of the group.

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Craig Levin
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