Music from Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”

In the right panel of Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych Garden of Earthly Delights (dating from between 1490 and 1510), that illustrates Hell, one can find several music instruments and musicians depicted.A detail shows a choir singing from a score inscribed on a pair of buttocks, next to an open choir book under a lute.

Spanish musicologist Gregorio Paniagua transcribed this triple-time “melody from hell”, adding to it the text “Codex Gluteo Hieronimus van Aeken Alleluia, Alleluia” and recorded it in the CD Codex Glvteo.

 

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