Sounds to celebrate Capricorn!

written by Europeana Sounds on January 11, 2016 in Content and Europeana Music and Guest post with one Comment

This is a guest post by Tom Miles from The British Library. This post appeared first on January 7, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog.

A happy new year to all of you. At Europeana Sounds we’ve just recently had another publication of metadata onto Europeana: we have now aggregated just shy of 200,000 records, very much on track to meet our targets.
Ibex from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, Royal 2 B VII, f. 104v. Public domain marked

Ibex from the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, Royal 2 B VII, f. 104v. Public domain marked

As everyone has been returning back to work after the break, I’ve been struggling to think of a topical theme for January. As we’re in the zodiacal sign of Capricorn, I searched Europeana Sounds for the ibex in particular and goats in general. Here’s what I found.

First of all, there’s a collection of animal stories in Cholim – one of the main dialects of the Naga, Tase language of Myanmar. These recordings, from the Max Planck Institute, include a story of the dog and the goat.

Goats from BL Sloane 4016, f. 107, The British Library. Public domain marked.Goats from BL Sloane 4016, f. 107, The British Library. Public domain marked

There’s also a song in the Ugandan language, Karamojong, about having too many goats for the gathered to care for. “Ngakinei” is a happy song about plentiful abundance, recorded by Klaus Wachsmann in 1954.

Over to Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg now, for a recording of “Capra (The Goat)”.

Goats from "Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia irásban és képben. Rudolf trónörökös főherczeg Ő ... fensége kezdeményezéséből és közremunkálásával. (Die deutsche Ausgabe redigirt ... J. von Weilen, die ungarische M. Jókai.) Hung", The British Library. Public domain marked.

Goats from “Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia irásban és képben. Rudolf trónörökös főherczeg Ő … fensége kezdeményezéséből és közremunkálásával. (Die deutsche Ausgabe redigirt … J. von Weilen, die ungarische M. Jókai.) Hung”, The British Library. Public domain marked

And here’s a 78 recording of Paddy McGinty’s Goat from the Comhaltas Traditional Music Archive.

Finally, there’s a recording from the Internet Culturale, Italy – it’s a Welsh song, “Gifri’r geifr” (gouting the goats), sung by the Morriston Orpheus Choir, conducted by Ivor E. Sima.



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