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  • spnknffork
    Hello, I was doing a search on musical instruments of the Visigoths and found this list, I m very happy that I did. I m in the Society for Creative
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 9 1:49 PM
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      Hello, I was doing a search on musical instruments of the Visigoths
      and found this list, I'm very happy that I did. I'm in the Society
      for Creative Anachronisms and my area of reenacting is the era of the
      Visigoths in Spain. I look forward to many great discussions about
      the aspects of life of the Visigoths as well as other early Germanic
      peoples in history.

      Thank you,
      jen
    • Ingemar Nordgren
      Dear Jen, Feel warm welcomed to the list. I am not a specialist in music but I know there are such people on the list. I hope to be able to contribute
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 12 5:16 PM
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        Dear Jen,

        Feel warm welcomed to the list. I am not a specialist in music but I
        know there are such people on the list. I hope to be able to
        contribute something useful for you later on. Right now I mostly work
        with translating my book on the Goths to English and so seldom have
        time to write on the net. This list is however not specially active at
        present, but perhaps your letter will act as a kick start.

        Best wishes
        Ingemar
      • faltin2001
        ... the ... Germanic ... Hi Jen, I am not aware of finds of musical instruments asscociated with the Visigoths of Spain. Yet, it is of course possible to look
        Message 3 of 3 , Apr 15 3:48 AM
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          --- In gothic-l@yahoogroups.com, "spnknffork" <Spnknffork@a...> wrote:
          > Hello, I was doing a search on musical instruments of the Visigoths
          > and found this list, I'm very happy that I did. I'm in the Society
          > for Creative Anachronisms and my area of reenacting is the era of
          the
          > Visigoths in Spain. I look forward to many great discussions about
          > the aspects of life of the Visigoths as well as other early
          Germanic
          > peoples in history.
          >
          > Thank you,
          > jen


          Hi Jen,

          I am not aware of finds of musical instruments asscociated with the
          Visigoths of Spain. Yet, it is of course possible to look at
          contemporary finds from other regions. For example, the Anglo-Saxon
          grave of Sutton Hoo contained a lyre, so did the so
          called 'Saengergrab' (e.g. grave of the singer') in the cemetary of
          Oberflacht in South Germany. Both graves are dated to about 610AD and
          are thus contemporary with the high-point of Visigothic power in
          Spain. W. Menghin wrote about the Saengergrab that the grave goods of
          the young warrior, including riding equipment, lance, sword in one
          hand and lyre in the other might indicate that the medieval ideal of
          the 'singing knight' might have had its roots in those times. Btw,
          the lyre of the warrior/singer of Oberflacht had six strings. I think
          it is possible to postulate that the lyre was regarded as something
          of a noble instrument, used to accompany the singing or reciting of
          heroic balads etc. Other instruments will likely have included
          various percussion instruments and flutes.

          cheers
          Dirk
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