The Notation Knife – Musical Cutlery

The Notation Knife - Musical Cutlery

A little bit of musical cutlery history today. This is flatware that really sings.

These very rare knives are known as notation knives. They are inscribed with a thank you for the meal prayer: ‘The blessing of the table. May the three-in-one bless that which we are about to eat.’ On the other side the inscription reads: ‘The saying of grace. We give thanks to you God for your generosity.’

These 16th-century knives are in museum collections around the world, including examples at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Musée national de la Renaissance at Château d’Ecouen in France.

Each knife represents one part for a singer. A set of knives creates a complete symphony chorus of voices.

Reproductions can be found here: http://myarmoury.com/chad_dagg_dav_notationknife.html

Read more information and hear the music being performed here:
https://mymodernmet.com/renaissance-notation-knives/

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