'Lost' Medieval Music Performed for the First Time in 1,000 Years
Researchers and musicians at Cambridge reconstruct songs from 'The Consolation of Philosophy'
By Jason Daley
smithsonian.com April 25, 2016
The theft occurred in the 1840s, when a German scholar visiting the university surreptitiously snipped a page from an 11th-century manuscript known as the “Cambridge Songs,” according to a press release from Cambridge. That the scholar took a page of music notation and lyrics from Boethius home with him remained a mystery until 1982, when a researcher from Liverpool University named Margaret Gibson visited a library in Frankfurt. When Gibson asked to see any materials by Boethius, she was stunned to be handed the missing page from the Cambridge collection.