Treasure Hunting # 4 : Medieval Losses

It’s been a while since went on a treasure hunt, isn’t it? Is Belgium so far away from everything? No, it’s not. And with the current events I’m still utterly happy to live here, nice and safe. I feel like I could promote living in Belgium at any time.
But it’s important to look beyond borders to find beauty in other places as well. So let’s go hunting again.

This time, I want to show you the downside of treasure hunting. A while ago, due to coincidence, I found two very beautiful songs. I liked them, however unusual they are. But then something terrible happened and they both disappeared from YouTube… Nowhere to be found again! I searched for ages, but they are lost forever. The only thing left behind is scratches. Unfortunately.
It all started when writing this post. The music in the clip with Anne Boleyn appealed to me, so I decided to find out what it was. Easy enough, thanks to YouTube commenters. I found a very good version of the original song (with text). Somehow, I find this song really catchy. I could dance to this for hours. Good rhythm and stuff. All information I could find was that it’s from the 13th century, composed by Alfonso X. It’s also known as Cantiga 166. The version I found was sung by men with great voices. It had so much charm. Until now I haven’t found a single version that can bring the same atmosphere. If you don’t like this song, it will have a lot to do with who’s singing it, the tempo, the instruments. It can change everything.

This video will only give you an impression. It’s the least bad. That’s all I can say of it.

Thanks to the suggestions made on YouTube I also stumbled upon another song. That voice again! Dear lord! How I like that kind of voices. This song is a Latin song, most known for being used in Carmina Burana. The version I found is just another approach to the same text, and one that pleases me a whole lot more. The text, a poem, is also from the 13th century. But this song too was deleted from YouTube, leaving us with only one video in which a part was used… Unfortunately! This song too is extremely catchy for such a song. And that voice. I mean.
After a while in this video, the music changes into the Carmina Burana version. Which is bombastic and unpleasant after the calm singing from the first part. Be prepared.

Totally medieval, this post, right? I hope you can still find something in here, though it’s rather unusual.

See you next time!

Treasure Hunting # 1: The Hunt for Music

See this map? It has a little cross over there. Exactly. That’s where we need to be; in between the valley and the mountains, there is a treasure only little have ever seen before.
So let’s go on a treasure hunt, to find the good but well hidden stuff!

Well… You probably say. What’s this all about? Let me tell you. This Treasure Hunting thing will be a series about unknown music. I mean to descend into caves full of spider webs and perhaps a skeleton here and there, to find music only little people know. This isn’t just songs I like, or songs that fit a post. This series is completely dedicated to buried and forgotten music that’s actually really good.

Let’s find the X! Yay!

There is so much beauty everywhere and it’s not easy to find it all. Coincidence has to help you out, and having a parent with a unusal music taste also works. I know there will be a lot of music on this blog now, but there will be more as well. This is just for those who like to look beyond borders and dive into deep blue seas where the most beautiful fish swim around.

Ah, poetry.

To start with, I’ll give you two pieces of music I have posted here before in another context. Now the attention will be entirely for them. These two calm me down when I need it. At the same time they have something melancholic (that’s how I like my music!). For me they represent last year and everything that happened in that year. But the atmosphere they create is just great to anyone, I believe.



This song also appeared in this post.


And this one can be found in this post. The video is also pretty cool. Beautiful and somewhat badass. My love for these two songs is endless.

Listen, enjoy, be carried away.
See you soon, fellow treasure hunters!