from A History of Western Music, pages 131-132:

Now the sun rose higher and the heat of the day increased, and the whole company remained in the pleasant shade; and as a thousand birds were singing among the verdant branches, someone asked Francesco [Landini] to play the organ a little, to see whether the sounds would make the birds increase or diminish their song. He did so at once, and a great wonder followed: for when the sound began many of the birds were seen to fall silent, and gather around as if in amazement, listening for a long time: and then they resumed their song and redoubled it, showing inconceivable delight, and …   more >>

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Donald Jay Grout, A History of Western Music (London, 1960), p. 131-132. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1518706120866 accessed: 15 July, 2024

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organ music performed by Francesco Landini

Experience Information

Date/Time 1389
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors


Grout is quoting from Giovanni da Prato's Paradiso degli Alberti (c. 1425).

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:48:41 +0000
Approved on Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:48:54 +0000