Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick has transcribed a piece of music hidden in Hieronymus Bosch’s 16th century painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, bringing to life a series of notes that originally appeared on the backside of one of Bosch’s sinners portrayed in the right panel of the tryptic.
“I decided to transcribe it into modern notation,” Hamrick explains, “assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era … The last few measures are kind of obscured, but I tried my best.”
The performance here is by James Spalink playing the lute, harp, and hurdy-gurdy. Spalink says, “The intro and outro employ the ‘Devil’s Interval’, and the last couple of measures are conjecture on my part. You could say that I just pulled them out of my — well, you know…”
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