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Bardcore Christian Worship songs #1 September 9, 2020

Posted by Pete B in worship.

A new genre has emerged recently medieval style versions of 20th and 21st century pop songs, known by some as bardcore.

a few modern medieval classics from youtube.com/c/Hildegardvonblingin

Fusions of old and new, or of different cultural styles, or even of different languages are far from a new idea. If you’ve heard Summertime Sadness, Jolene, or Somebody that I used to know, but not heard them like this then I recommend them and others for a fun diversion.

Other housebound artists have produced a huge number of other renditions. Here’s an instrumental version of “Land down under” while you read more.

with 425,346 views here is @mysticzaru version of “Land Down Under”

In addition to giving us the line “Here, taketh thine sandwich of vegemite, traveller.” YouTuber Mystic Zaru also gives a fun link “You can make an image like the one seen in the video here: https://htck.github.io/bayeux/#!/

In a later post I’ll point to a couple of other medieval manuscripts that might accompany more sacred sounding melodies.

I’ve yet to discover modern Christian worship songs given the same treatment but after a little research I found some “inverted bardcore”, medieval music in a modern setting.

Here’s a 14th century hymn that made it to number 4 in the UK singles charts in 1976

Some might consider it cultural appropriation, but there are many other songs of centuries past to be mined and modernised, or even appreciated in something approximating their original arrangements.

You can read more about the original “In Dulci Jubilo” on Wikipedia which states:

“In its original setting, the carol is a macaronic text of German and Latin dating from the Middle Ages.”

This mixing Latin and the local vernacular language was common and something that perhaps fits well with some contemporary thinking on how multilingual worship can connect with people today.

More medieval worship favourites in another post soon. Meanwhile what are your favourite songs from the 5th-15th century?


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