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The Monotone (Ein Ton)

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This project aims to encourage engagement with and discussion around music archives. The idea is to get modern musicians to record covers of archived material from a hundred years ago.

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Musicians, this project invites you to dig into the archives. There are gems waiting to be rediscovered and reinterpreted by you, using your own peculiar gifts and sensibilities. Post the songs on your own Bandcamp (or YouTube, or Soundcloud) and retain control of it. I'll embed it on the Hundred Years Late Wordpress and highlight your valiant efforts. You can deliver your fans something new and fresh by reinterpreting something old and forgotten. It's interesting. It's educational. And it's fun.

Let's make music. Let's make history.


I hear a tone
so wondrous rare,
it fills my heart
’tis ever there.

Ah, can it be
the last faint breath
that stirr’d thy pallid lips ere death?

Is it the tender monotone
of church bell which for thee made moan?

Lo, still it comes!
So full, so clear,
as though thy soul
were floating near…

As though with love and yearning deep
you sang my bitter pain to sleep.


released January 30, 2014
Written in 1854 by German composer Peter Cornelius. English translation by C. Hugo Laubach. The archived 1914 version, performed by Alma Gluck, can be heard on The National Jukebox here…

Modern reinterpretation by David Nelligan.



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