Category: Music

Hurdy-Gurdy, The Medieval Instrument You Might Have Never Heard About

The hurdy-gurdy is a medieval stringed instrument that produces sounds by manually rotating a hand crank that is connected to the wheel which stimulates the strings. Although quite obscure and unpopular nowadays, during the Middle Ages this instrument was an almost indispensable part of the medieval folk music in present-day France and much of the…


A Brief Overview On The Music Of The Middle Ages And Its Instruments

Medieval music is characterised by the historical period encompassed between the years 400 to 1400. Its two main branches are represented by liturgical (i.e. religious) and secular (non-religious) music. On the other hand, with respect to the usages of instruments it’s important to mention that there can be identified three main musical categories as follows:…


Music Of The Viking Era, Its Instruments, And How It Was Performed

Music was certainly a pivotal part of the culture of the Norsemen during the Early Middle Ages, as it was for the rest of the European peoples of their time. The music of the Norsemen represented an important way of expressing the heroic deeds of exploration, bravery or victory in battle, as well as the…


10 Illustrative Classic Rock Songs About The Middle Ages

Below you can find a list comprising 10 fine classic rock songs that reference, in a way or another, the Middle Ages, from instrumentation reminding of historical events that unfolded during bygone times to lyrical allusions concerning mythology, fantasy, and legends. 10. Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song A well-known classic from Led Zeppelin’s early catalogue,…


Íslandsklukkur – Instrumental Icelandic Folk Music

The Icelandic folk music has a very long history, with many songs dating back to at least the 14th century. The main themes around which the songs revolve are often represented by the Norse mythology (including fantastic creatures such as elves or huldufólk – i.e. hidden people – as well as trolls), but also, among…