|St. Francis, painted shortly after his death|
This past week saw the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. The Franciscans were early adopters of harmony in their sacred music, most notably the Office (or Historia) of St. Francis which dates to the 1230s AD and which is still sun by the Franciscans today.
Well, the Historia was composed by Julian of Speyer, a Fransciscan who was almost certainly know to the Saint himself. Julian was from the German city of Speyer - alert readers will recognize a recent post here about the world's oldest bottle of wine which was discovered in a Roman grave in Speyer.
And so by coincidence I posted about wine from Speyer on the eve of the feast of St. Francis, whose music was composed by a guy from where the wine came from.
Alas, I can't find any of Julian's music online. Instead, here is an unusual (for this blog) but hauntingly beautiful song about St. Francis. Enjoy!