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Week of April 6

Remembering Frans Brüggen

In August 2014 the early music world lost a true pioneer when recorder player Frans Brüggen passed away. This week on Harmonia, we’ll look back at some of his many accomplishments. Plus, we’ll hear music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Tempesta di Mare plays music of Francesco Mancini on our featured recording. Join us. (Repeat of December 15, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of April 13

Missa Brevis

Cars, gadgets, literature, and even cuisine seem to be getting smaller as the years go on, but miniaturization is nothing new! This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear bite-sized masses artfully composed to end as quickly as possible. Plus, we’ll hear equally minute English consort miniatures in our featured release by the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Join us!

Week of April 20

English Songs of Sinners and Saints

We’re exploring the concept of sin this week on Harmonia. We’ll hear some bawdy songs and tragic ballads, as well as more uplifting, devotional songs and hymns. Plus, we have a featured recording of Tudor church music. Join us.” (Repeat of December 29, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of April 27

Remembering Christopher Hogwood

We’re devoting the program to the life and accomplishments of early music luminary, Christopher Hogwood. We’ll look back on his days with David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London; we’ll hear from Hogwood as a solo keyboardist; and we’ll sample from the over 200 recordings he made with the Academy of Ancient Music. Plus, we have a featured release from Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, an organization for which Hogwood was conductor laureate. Join us as we remember Christopher Hogwood. (Repeat of January 5, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 4

Norbert Rodenkirchen

Angela Mariani brings you a conversation with flute player, composer, and improviser Norbert Rodenkirchen – a performer well known for his expertise in medieval music and for his work with ensembles like Sequentia and Dialogos. Join us!

Week of May 11

“Eye Music, Ear Candy”

Don’t you hate it when you’re not “in” on an in-joke? We’ll let you in on the humor in some of the earliest and wittiest examples of “eye music,” where the punchlines are hidden on the page for the performers to enjoy, and the audience has absolutely no idea. This is musical sleight-of-hand at its finest! Then, we’ll hear some of this visually and technically fascinating music performed in our featured release by Crawford Young and the Ferrara Ensemble.

Week of May 18

And One Was a Soldier

We’ll head into battle for a sampling of music by, for, or about soldiers. For many musicians of the past, war was personal; it ravaged their cities, starved their loved ones, drove them to flee, or inspired them to fight. And, sometimes, it influenced what they wrote. We’ll explore music with military ties on this edition of Harmonia. (Repeat of May 12, 2014) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 25

Elegies

What’s the right way to commemorate loss? For many composers grappling with the death of a colleague or patron, the best memorial proved to be… music. Medieval-, renaissance-, and baroque-era composers penned lavish, sometimes tormented, elegies for departed mentors, partners, and friends. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear a selection of musical memorials. (Repeat of May 19, 2014) LISTEN HERE

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