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    Gonna sample this Gary?

    'Lost' music instrument recreated

    New software has enabled researchers to recreate a long forgotten musical instrument called the Lituus.

    The 2.4m (8ft) long trumpet-like instrument was played in Ancient Rome but fell out of use some 300 years ago.

    Bach's motet (a choral musical composition) "O Jesu Christ, meins lebens licht" was one of the last pieces of music written for the Lituus.

    Now, for the first time, this 18th Century composition has been played as it should have been heard.

    Researchers from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University of Edinburgh collaborated on the study.

    Performed by the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) the Lituus produced a piercing trumpet-like sound interleaving with the vocals.

    Until now, no one had a clear idea of what this instrument looked or sounded like.

    But researchers at Edinburgh University developed a system that enabled them to design the Lituus from the best guesses of its shape and range of notes.

    The result was a 2.4m (8ft) -long thin straight horn, with a flared bell at the end.


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    Wilton, NH

    Re: Gonna sample this Gary?

    I saw that on BBC earlier today. Interesting - I hope they get a better recording, though...
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Gonna sample this Gary?

    I can see (and hear) why it "...fell out of use...". I don't think that it's going to make a comeback.
    Larry G. Alexander

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    West Seneca, NY

    Re: Gonna sample this Gary?

    Whatdayamean lost? I have one on my tractor!

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    Re: Gonna sample this Gary?

    Interesting, Tony!

    I love the way the thing looks - It's like a cartoon exaggeration of the antique Trumpet/Horn emulations we've seen in Hollywood movies set in the ancient and medieval eras.

    8 feet long!

    I echo Trent's sentiments that it would be nice if a better audio demo could be recorded - I was very distracted by the Soprano who was struggling mightily with the Bach.

    I find it very uplifting to see that people dedicate so much time and energy to intriguing projects like this.


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