Musica Romana 'Pugnate'
"Pugnate" 'fight!' - Music of the Roman arena, with an air of games and celebrations, invocations of the Gods, gladiator fights, orgies and dance. The album is produce by a well-known group of musicians specialized in ancient music, based on extensive research, the rebuilt of ancient instruments such as, for example, the reconstructed Roman water organ.
This instrument is played again, after 2000 years, in a Roman arena where it accompanied a staged fight of gladiators.
The CD starts with a pompous march through the streets of Rome where a large variety of Roman instruments can be heard (lyra, percussians, brass and ancient reed instruments, flutes ...), antiquity becomes live again.
length: 53 min.
Pugnate is a compilation of modern music in ancient style and preserved original compositions from antiquity in ancient notation.
The group Musica Romana was founded in 2001 and unites archaeologists, historians,ethnologist, musicians and interested technicians sharing an interest in Experimental Archaeology, Living History, museal paedagogics and of course, music and dance. They are having a lot of fun researching, planning and reconstructing our instruments correctly in detail, as well as studying, composing and rehearsing our music. They aim to make the music of times long gone comprehensible to our modern audience, to express our love for unconventional and non-commercial music and to respect scientific correctness towards the ancient sources of musical theory as well as towards contemporary research. Certainly at least it is our interpretation.
They hope to push forward modern research with our work, and, above all, to delight people and enrich their knowledge.
In order to bring the atmosphere of historical musical practice to life, they perform in correspondig historical clothing which we reconstruct according to iconographic sources, historical descriptions and archaeological textile finds.
In our presentations we take turns with verbal explanations and practical musical examples.
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