Bringing lllumination to Life Through Words and Music

Vesparian Psalter

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Exploring and performing the Vespasian Psalter King David scene

The beautiful and intriguing Vespasian Psalter, which contains many images of musicians and instruments, is brought to life as a panel of experts and musicians explore the instrumental sounds of the 8th century.

Carbon dating has enabled us to date the 'River Erne' horn (a wooden trumpet discovered in the river in the 1950s) and confirm that the wooden horns shown in the Vespasian Psalter were present at the time it was produced. The accurate reproduction of two of these instruments gives us access to a true sound from the 8th Century AD. 

Joanna Story, joined by musicians Simon O'Dwyer, Barnaby Brown and Malachy Frame, ask whether the Vespasian Psalter illumination of a group of musicians performing together is a reflection of a real scene or a product of the imagination of the artist, through inspection of aspects of the illumination and live performance.

In association with Ancient Music Ireland

Image: an image from the Vespasian Psalter with horn and lyre players


Name: Bringing lllumination to Life Through Words and Music
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £12.00
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