H.U.M.S.—The Horde of
Unruly Musicians of Sweden
H.U.M.S.—the Horde of Unruly Musicians of Sweden—is one of the world's
oldest and largest musical organizations. It was established in AD 806 in
what is now Sweden.
This year, 2008, marks the 1202nd anniversary of H.U.M.S.!
Originally, H.U.M.S. provided music at Viking pillage celebrations. The
organization now confines its activities to throwing notoriously rowdy and
disorderly musical house parties and selecting
the winners of the Moose Nobel Prize in Music.
Although it has no
verifiable data to back up its claims (there is no membership list, there
membership dues, and there are no cards
for members to carry), H.U.M.S. insists it has more than
1.63 billion members worldwide.
The H.U.M.S. Committee (also
known as the H.U.M.S. Moose Nobel Committee), based in Sweden, has
avoided the limelight as much as possible, ever since the Committee
awarded the first Moose Nobel Prize in Music—the world’s most prestigious
music prize—under scandalous circumstances, to co-recipients Giuseppe
Verdi and Hugo Wolf in 1901 (see the
Story of the Moose Nobel Prize in Music).
Nevertheless, Roedy Black Publishing
at long last persuaded the Moose Nobel Committee of the Horde of Unruly
Musicians of Sweden to permit the establishment of
this website, the official
H.U.M.S. Moose Nobel website.
This website provides background on the
Moose Nobel Prize in Music (the world's most prestigious music prize) and
lists the names of all the winners, as selected by the H.U.M.S. Committee,
from 1901 to the present.