Scotland: Bringing Alive ‘Frozen Music’
(Locate the moon: The moon is seen behind the Orthodox church Christ the Saviour in Pristina, a Scottish church which featured in the best-selling novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ has revealed another musical mystery hidden in secret code for almost 600 years. photo Hazir Reka/Reuters)
Any mention of Scotland and the Rocky mountains in Canada evokes in me a wonderful nostalgia. Apart from the memorable trekking and cycling trips that I have enjoyed there, I have very fond memories of listening to celestial music in the churches there.
I am partial towards hills/mountains and hill people wherever, maybe because I come from the hill state of Himachal Pradesh in India (the lower and the middle Himalayas) and (stupidly perhaps) believe that hill folks are simple and trusting. They just can’t stand hypocrites and liars!!!
And, yes, the music. I love Himachal’s unique musical instruments, music and dances (they are so different from everything in the plains!). I felt so much at home in Scotland listening to the bagpipe music…and of course the church music.
So I read the following news report with great interest: “A Scottish church which featured in the best-selling novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ has revealed another mystery hidden in secret code for almost 600 years.
“A father and son who became fascinated by symbols carved into the chapel’s arches say they have deciphered a musical score encrypted in them.
“Thomas Mitchell, a 75-year-old musician and ex-Royal Air Force code breaker, and his composer and pianist son Stuart, described the piece as ‘frozen music’.”
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