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Hidden Stories: Books Along the Silk Roads

Music on the Page

So far, the stories on the page have been text narratives. But what about stories told, not just in text, but in music?  Western University MS M2150, a choir book (antiphoner),  is both an object of visual beauty and a musical score.

Click the audio to hear the Latin chant song from the antiphoner. Folios 73v-75r, pictured below, are sung by Kate Helsen (Assistant Professor, Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University) and Sharang Sharma (Director of Choral Music at Huron University College), who bring the centuries-old music to life.

New Music Inspired by the Hidden Stories Manuscript

Inspired by the antiphoner chant, musician Afraaz Mulji composed a piano piece which explores the music of late medieval Spain, blending it with contemporary and medieval Islamic song. Join him for the performance below, and stay for a conversation with Amir Ali Alibhai, Head of Performing Arts at the Aga Khan Museum.