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Adeste fideles...

December 20th, 2008 (12:46 pm)

...and overthrow parliamentary government and constitutional monarchy! Bring back the Stuarts!

If Bennett Zon at Durham University is right, that's the subliminal message we could be taking away with us from O Come All Ye Faithful. It has some superficial plausibility, but I'd need to read the paper.

ETA: It's old news - Zon had already mentioned it in the ODNB (subscribers only, of course, but that includes most UK libraries).

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 20th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)

The subliminal stuff is me joking... John Francis Wade's message would have been obvious to most eighteenth-century Roman Catholics, but not necessarily to the enforcers of the law trying to break up their worship or expose them as Jacobites.

Posted by: sammee42 (sammee42)
Posted at: December 21st, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)

Well, that's what us musicologists do. We love to find subliminal messages in things. =)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: December 21st, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)

It helps when someone like Wade has pictures of his subjects printed with his score, just in case no-one gets the message...