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adammclean
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 Posted: Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 10:28 pm
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The Mellon catalogue records the survival of a piece of alchemical music - the Antiphona by Johannes de Teschen.

This is in MS Mellon 5 created round about 1400, in four pages, folios 2r - 3v.


Its apparently a through-composed, monodic song in the Phrygian mode without formal structure, written in Hufnagelschrift (horseshoe neumes) on red, five-line staves, F and C indicated on the second and fourth lines from the bottom of each staff, respectively, the text written in a single broad line below the staff. Seven staves and seven text lines to each page. The music is independent of liturgical sources.

I have put up a page on the alchemy web site.

http://www.alchemywebsite.com/alchemical_music.html

Here is the opening folio.

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Paul Ferguson
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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 12:52 am
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Here is my post from 12 November 2008 containing a few snippets about De Teschen:

Regarding Johannes de Teschen/Johannes Tecenensis/Johann von Teschen:

1. He is listed in Adam's database under Johannes Tecenensis.

2. MS Ashburnham 1166 (c. 1475) contains his 'Miscellanea alchemica'.

3. The Newberry Consort include some of his music in their programs:

See: http://www.houstonearlymusic.org/hemarchive/archive/1997/newber1.htm

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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 12:51 pm
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A paper by Peter Forshaw which refers to this manuscript in the context of Khunrath's life and work is available for legal download here:

http://uva.academia.edu/PeterForshaw/Papers/803070/Oratorium-Auditorium-Laboratorium_Early_Modern_Improvisations_on_Cabala_Music_and_Alchemy

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 Posted: Thu Nov 24th, 2011 12:17 pm
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This work is also mentioned in Christoph Meinel's essay on alchemy and music (German text) available as a free .pdf download here:

http://epub.uni-regensburg.de/13331/

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 Posted: Thu Nov 24th, 2011 01:38 pm
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Paul has very kindly transcribed and translated the latin of the Antiphona and I have now updated my web page with this.


http://www.alchemywebsite.com/alchemical_music.html


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