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Musical Score for Shreds of Rome

Lost Histories contacted local music composer David Beard from Belper, Derbyshire  and got him on board quickly. We gave him our ideas of how I envisioned the music to sound like and David composed, conducted the music score for the film.

I had wanted Shreds of Rome musical score to have dozens of musical instruments after rediscovered the musical heritage of antiquity. I had envisioned the ancient music from Rome, and David managed to translate those sounds into what you hear now.

While researching the ancient music of Rome, I came across a book written by Curt Sachs “The Rise Of Music In The Ancient World.” Written in 1943, it is still universally regarded as the Bible of Music and tells stories from the Middle East, East Asia, India and Greece and of course Rome.

“The Rise Of Music In The Ancient World” written by Curt Sachs research material for shreds of Rome

“We prefer to draw a veil on this part of the history of music.” Curt Sachs

With recent studies and therefore new considerations have led to “unveil” this part of the history of music and argue that the multi-ethnic Roman culture represented the final culmination of the ancient worlds concerning musical instruments.

In Rome and the Roman empire, musical instruments came and went, and in some cases perfected, musical instruments from all over the known world, which joined instruments already present since prehistoric times.

Not found elsewhere many variations of trumpets, formerly Etruscan, so the tibiae, we find the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, the Etruscan and Greek variants (the Greeks, as erroneously believed they had not invented any particular musical instrument that was not already known previously).

Those with the croissant with Cybele from Anatolia; thus the numerous diversifications of the cithara, “the harp of King David”, and of the very varied number of stringed instruments; the elaboration of the hydraulic and portable organs, the diffusion of the angular harp and the bagpipe, which the Romans introduced from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe.

The instruments and melodic sounds of what is now called Celtic music are the results of the Roman multiethnic culture.


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