Italian Musician Uncovers Hidden Music in Da Vinci's 'Last Supper'

ROME (AP) _ An Italian musician and computer technician claims
to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's
``Last Supper.''

The so-called new Da Vinci code raises the possibility that the
Renaissance genius might have left behind a somber composition to
accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting.

In a book released today in Italy, the musician (Giovanni Maria
Pala) explains how he took elements of the painting that have
symbolic value in Christian theology and interpreted them as
musical clues.

But he says the notes made no sense musically until realizing
that the score had to be read from right to left, following
Leonardo's particular writing style.

The result is a 40-second ``hymn to God'' that the musician says
sounds best on a pipe organ.


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