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  • 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 1 of 3 , Apr 12, 2003
      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 2 of 3 , Apr 15, 2003
        --- 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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