We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new website for the Performing Lost Songs Project: https://boethius.mus.cam.ac.uk
The prospect of recovering the music of lost songs of the distant past is tantalising, even more so when traces survive in unfamiliar notations that cannot be fully reconstructed. Such is the case for arguably the earliest layer of a continuous tradition of European song, which survives in the form of notated Latin lyrics bridging late antiquity and the early middle ages. Our new website introduces one body of song within within this largely unknown repertory, songs from Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae (On the Consolation of Philosophy). The resource provides access to source materials, explains techniques of reconstruction, offers versions created to date, and hopes to receive feedback on the methods employed.