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Week of August 18

Mille Regretz

Regret is a powerful emotion, just as it was in 1400s when the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez set a text about a thousand regrets to music. Josquin’s anguished tune Mille Regretz swept through Europe like a fever, and we’ll hear a multitude of settings, from plain to wild. Plus, we’ll hear music from a featured release by lutenist Hopkinson Smith. (Repeat of September 30, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of August 25

Quit Your Day Job!

A lot of parents aren’t thrilled with the idea of their child pursuing a career in music. Apparently this isn’t a new sentiment. This week, we’ll hear music by astrologers, cabinet makers, poets, and others who ducked, or bucked, their non-musical lives to compose music of lasting power. (Repeat of November 25, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 1

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

“Tinker, Tailor, / Soldier, Sailor, / Rich Man, Poor Man, / Beggar Man, Thief.”
It’s an old English nursery rhyme, but most of us know it from the title of a popular 1970s spy thriller. In the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, these occupations were code names, but this week on Harmonia we’re taking them literally, as we listen to music by men of war, men of craft, and men of espionage. (Repeat of April 14, 2014.) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 8


We’re listening for echoes! Spelunkers, churchgoers, and young children in bathrooms have always loved to hear their own voices bouncing back to them, and composers haven’t been immune to the lure of echoing air. We’ll hear musical echoes, short and long, from across Europe. Plus, we’ll explore some curious inventions from composer Biagio Marini in our featured recording. (Repeat of September 9, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 15

Spotlight on Julianne Baird

This week on Harmonia, we’re shining a spotlight on soprano Julianne Baird. We’ll also enjoy a sampling of Canada’s “early” traditional music scene and hear a modern approach to English renaissance music on a featured release by Joel Frederiksen. (Repeat of January 7, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of September 22


Music is many things to many people. The late poet Maya Angelou called music her refuge. To Jack Kerouac, music was “the only truth.” And to composers and musicians through the ages, music was bread and board-and sometimes muse! We’ll hear music about music this week on Harmonia.

Week of September 29

You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry

Laughter and tears: two of the most human forms of expression. We laugh when we’re happy, and sometimes even when we’re not; we cry for almost as many reasons as there are tears-for pride, grief, annoyance, and of course, love. But how do you snicker–or sob–in song? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, this week on Harmonia.

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Christophe Rousset plays Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin plays related works by Mozart and his contemporaries.

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Early Music in the news. Articles from The Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

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Early musician and baroque violinist, Julia Wedman

Harmonia's Wendy Gillespie sits down in the studio for a conversation with early music performer, Julia Wedman.

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Let’s take a quick look back in time to the “Greene Countrie Towne” of Philadelphia.

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Let’s take a quick look back in time to the year 1645: pirate William Kidd was born, composer Tobias Hume died, and the first hospital was founded in Montreal.

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