Monday, 21 April 2014

Summer is Icumen In

As the days are getting longer and warmer, here is the manuscript of the famous medieval song Summer is Icumen In.  Written in early music notation, it is a bit different to modern musical notation and practice.  There is still a lot of discussion about the origins of the notation but our modern way of writing combines Gregorian style notation such as this with Islamic influences from the medieval muslim empire in places such as Spain, which also gave us many of our modern instruments such as guitar and oboe.