Thank you, Liber! I initially entered the language as "Latin and Middle French" in the MW, but I wasn't sure about this classification. The source ascribes it to the 10th century, which would make it old French. It doesn't look like Old French to me, but I can't claim to be an expert in this area. I entered Latin in the metadata.Liber wrote: ↑July 22nd, 2020, 6:45 amI have made an attempt at "Orientis Partibus".
Orientis Partibus, by Anonymous
Text URL: https://archive.org/details/illustrationsbi00towngoog/page/n254/mode/2up
MP3 URL: https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/msw025_orientispartibus_anonymous_le_128kb.mp3
Link to work on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_Ass
Key Words: multilingual, latin, french, medieval, feast of the ass
The music is from:
I copied the scores above and used the "Noteflight" software to create wav files.
I have progressively accelerated tempo and increased key, to produce a disorderly, cacophonous effect. The last part, suddenly slowed down to the same tempo as at the beginning, is supposed to remind the listener that this is still a religious hymn - some feeling of devotion is supposed to be experienced, to some extent. From beginning to end, the key is increased by one octave, exactly 12 semitones: this was intentional and serves a purpose, as the piece ends in the same key as it had begun.
The Latin text was chanted with ecclesiastical pronunciation; my French was brayed alright, and I did nothing to accentuate that. Some additional braying introduce and end the piece (I imitated the braying myself, and applied special effects in Audacity).
Thank you for your time,