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Events for Saturday March 14, 2020

Benjamin Bagby - Wolfensohn Hall


Saturday March 14, 2020
8:00 PM

Before people wrote our stories down, our poets would declaim them. The Odyssey, Tristan and Isolde, Beowulf—many of our literary classics have their roots in the spoken word, and they were recited for generations before anyone thought of trying to capture them on paper. It is speculated that music played a part in how such long and complicated stories could be remembered and retold—patterns in the text become underlined by patterns in the music, making them easier to keep straight. In a tour de force of storytelling, medieval music scholar and performer Benjamin Bagby recreates the experience of how music supports the telling of the story of Beowulf. The famed warrior comes alive as Bagby sings, speaks, intones and howls the story at us, in Anglo-Saxon, accompanied by medieval harp and with projected English supertitles.

Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, Princeton - 609-734-8228 -,  Edward T. Cone Concert Series performance. Free, ticket required.


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