Seeing Joyce

Photograph Joyce had made in Zurich, 1915, and sent to Michael Healy, Nora’s uncle. Source: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University The works of James Joyce entered the public domain in 2012. Frank Delaney asks whether we should perhaps now stop trying to read Joyce and instead make visits to him as[…]

Music of the Middle Ages

By Dr. Elizabeth Kramer Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music History University of West Georgia Introduction and Historical Context Musical Timeline Click image to enlarge Introduction What do you think of when you hear the term the Middle Ages (450–1450)? For some, the semi-historical figures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian come to mind. Others[…]

What Did Ancient Music Sound Like?

This sarcophagus depicts a variety of ancient musical instruments, including the tympanum (drum), flute, and kymbala (cymbals). Sarcophagus with Scenes of Bacchus, Roman, A.D. 210–220, with 19th-century supports. Marble, 67 15/16 in. wide. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 83.AA.275 Enzo Fina and Roberto Catalano of Musicàntica explore ancient musical traditions. By Eidelriz Sanga / 07.18.2012[…]

The Ancient Origins of the Flower Crown

Apollo Crowning Himself (detail), 1781–82, Antonio Canova. Marble, 33 3/8 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 95.SA.71. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program From symbol of victory to Snapchat filter, wreaths of leaves and flowers have had symbolic meaning in Western culture for over 2,000 years. By Emilie Carruthers / 05.04.2017 Project[…]