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Musician cracks new Da Vinci code.

ROME: It's a new Da Vinci code, but this time it could be for real.

An Italian musician and computer technician claims to have uncovered musical notes encoded in Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper, raising the possibility that the Renaissance genius might have left behind a sombre composition to accompany the scene depicted in the 15th-century wall painting. "It sounds like a requiem," Giovanni Maria Pala said. "It's like a soundtrack that emphasises the passion of Jesus."

Painted from 1494 to 1498 in Milan's Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Last Supper captures a key moment in the Gospel narration of Jesus' last meal with the 12 Apostles before his arrest and crucifixion, vividly depicting the shock of Christ's followers as they learn that one of them is about to betray him.

Pala, a 45-year-old musician who lives near the southern Italian city of Lecce, began studying Leonardo's painting in 2003, after hearing on a news programme that researchers believed the artist and inventor had hidden a musical composition in the work. In a book released yesterday in Italy, Pala explains how he interpreted elements of the painting that have symbolic value in Christian theology as musical clues.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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