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Halley's Comet

Lucie Skeaping explores the music which accompanied the return of Halley's Comet to our skies between 1066 and 1759, and examines both contemporary accounts of its passing and artistic representations of the comet in that period.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Anon.

    Alleluia V. Multifarie olim; Video celos apertos

    Performers: Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • VC 5451352.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    Columba aspexit

    Performers: Emma Kirkby, Gothic Voices, Christopher Page

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66039.
  • Déodat de Séverac

    Untitled Mongolian song (excerpt)

    Performer: Taravjav Ganbold (voice)

    • KING.
    • KICC5133.
  • Anon.

    Stabat Mater

    Performers: Taverner Choir, Andrew Parrott (director)

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
    • CC542722.
  • Francesco Landini

    Qunanto piu caro faj; Echo la primavera

    Performers: Anonymous 4

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMU 907269.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Organ Lesson; Sancte Deus

    Performers: Cambridge University Musical Society, Andrew Davis (organ), Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, David Willcocks

    • DECCA.
    • 433 6762.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Orfeo (excerpt)

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • ARCHIV.
    • 419 2502.
  • Alessandro Stradella

    Sinfonia to the Serenata 'Il Barcheggio' (Part I)

    Performers: Ludwig Gutter (trumpet), Leipzig Bach-Collegium

    • CAPRICCIO.
    • 10394.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.1: Presto (1st movement)

    Performers: Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • L’OISEAU LYRE.
    • 436 4282.

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