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Songs in Latin

Postby Tiberius Valerius Caesar » Mon Jul 24, 2017 2:29 am

Hey, incase if anyone is interested, I found these online (they're in the file). I think it would be nice if some talented individuals could post videos of themselves online singing Latin translations of songs. Just a thought. If I find (or successfully translate) any others, I'll post them here (that is, if any one will sing them).
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Re: Songs in Latin

Postby Gaius Florius Lupus » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:47 pm

Salve!
Are there any examples of what Roman music sounded like? I know it is difficult to reconstruct, but they managed to piece together two Delphic hymns.
Here is the first one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mIXEBxW89s
It is amazing! However this is ancient Greek music. Roman music might have been similar. Is there any known example?
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Re: Songs in Latin

Postby Tiberius Valerius Caesar » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:11 pm

Gaius Florius Lupus wrote:Salve!
Are there any examples of what Roman music sounded like? I know it is difficult to reconstruct, but they managed to piece together two Delphic hymns.
Here is the first one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mIXEBxW89s
It is amazing! However this is ancient Greek music. Roman music might have been similar. Is there any known example?
Vale!


Salve,
I have read that the Romans were heavily influenced by the Greeks when it came to music (and many other things).
There are groups that try to recreate Roman music. Here are a couple of links to videos that play pieces by the group Synaulia:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13_kRntszO4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBLXC1Ue52I

What I have in mind is having people take modern songs and translate them into Latin with either the same or similar music in order to try to popularize Latin and increase the amount of Latin resources. I also hope that some people might eventually create their own original works that somehow combine the classical (or ancient) sound of Rome with the modern, while using the language of the Romans- Latin.

Here's something else that I found on YouTube, (I love this video):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG_9Lw_6UrU

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Re: Songs in Latin

Postby Gaius Florius Lupus » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:10 am

Interesting!
I liked the first two examples with the reconstructed Roman music more.
The last one was just modern music with lyrics in an unusual language. Latin lyrics are not really something strange to the ear. In Roman Catholic liturgy there are still many Latin songs even today, but the music is medieval.
It is interesting to imagine the music that ancient Roman were listening. One realizes immediately that music had a different importance back then. Today it has become omnipresent due to radio, CD and MP3 players. Music is everywhere, in supermarkets, in movies, in advertisement etc. Before the invention of recordings music was an event. It was not just played in the background. People listened actively. This is why it is totally different.
These first two examples would never work as background melody in an elevator or something.
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