Talk about some cutting-edge tunes. The Royal College of Music in London is going medieval with a few-hundred-year throwback.
Instead of following typical sheets of music, they’re reading it off antique Italian cutlery engraved with song for before and after meals.
“Each knife represents one part for a singer. So, a complete set of knives actually come together to create a harmonious chorus. Fittingly, one side contains a statement of grace, and the other a benediction to be sung at the end of the meal,” writes Jessica Stewart.
“The grace reads, ‘The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.’ On the opposite side of the blade, the benediction states: ‘The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.’”
— Jonah Coman (@MxComan) July 5, 2017
“Known as notation knives, Kirstin Kennedy, a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, notes that we can’t be entirely certain how they were used, though the form gives us some ideas. That collection’s example has a sharp edge, which would imply its use in cutting meat, yet its width suggests that it may have been used to present slices of meat to diners,” Stewart writes.
Well, that sounds appetising. We just hope the choir doesn’t butcher these bars, get it? Sorry. Seriously, though, what a one-of-a-kind chance it must be to perform music found on such a unique medium.
Knives with musical notation, 16th c, in Philly pic.twitter.com/1Sv7cxAgOU
— Zachary Woolfe (@zwoolfe) September 24, 2016
Click the via link below to listen to some recordings!
Via My Modern Met