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Week of July 28

Musical Tour of Vienna

We’re off on a musical tour of Vienna, one of the western world’s foremost musical centers. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Haydn and Beethoven, enjoying performances of their works on period instruments. We’ll also explore instrumental sonatas by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck. (Repeat of December 30, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of August 4

2014 Birthday Boys

The year 2014 is the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance. It also marks 300 years since the birth of Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel. But did you know that the famous opera reformer Christoph Willibald Gluck and the lesser-known Niccolò Jommelli were also born that year? This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from the Council and from each of these birthday boys.

Week of August 11

Cranky Organists

One popular image of an organist is a humble old man or woman hammering through hymns at church. But in Restoration England, the image was much different. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from some “cranky” organists! We’ll also continue our look at the 17th-century theorist Athanasius Kircher and feature music on a recent recording by Chatham Baroque. (Repeat of April 7, 2014) LISTEN HERE

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

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