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02 May, 2007 - Published 13:12 GMT
Ancient music re-created in Scotland
A father and son from Edinburgh claim to have uncovered and re-created ancient music hidden in elaborate carvings in a medieval church on the outskirts of the Scottish capital. This report from Huw Williams:
Rosslyn Chapel was built in the fifteenth century. Tommy Mitchell and his son Stuart say that as well as elaborate symbols, and beautifully intricate morality tales, the medieval stone-masons concealed harmonies in the patterns carved onto cubes that jut out from the arches round the altar of this ancient church.
The words are from a hymn to St John the Baptist, but the claim is that every note of the tune has been transcribed and de-coded from the stones here. The Mitchells say their suspicions were aroused by an orchestra of stone angels holding instruments, and confirmed by one showing off what they believe is a sheet of music complete with a stave and three crucial notes, which proved they'd cracked the code.
Huw Williams, BBC News, Edinburgh
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