Musical manuscript restored with x-rays

“Scientists at Stanford University, Calif., x-rayed a damaged musical score to reveal the musical notes hidden beneath a layer of black carbon. The beautifully bound 1797 Luigi Cherubini opera Médée looks like an impeccably preserved relic of opera’s golden age. However, the final pages of the aria "Du trouble affreux qui me dévore" ("The terrible disorder that consumes me") are blackened with carbon that completely obscures the closing lines.”

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