Harmonia Early Music

Week of February 24

Teachers and Students

Those who learn and those who teach share a love of craft and have relationships that can be intimate-or fraught. This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore music by three different student-teacher pairs from across the centuries. Plus, our featured recording explores viol music of Marin Marais. (Repeat of September 2, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 3

Reinhard Goebel and Musica Antiqua Köln

We’re celebrating the achievements of Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. We’ll also learn about the 17th-century theorist Athanasius Kircher’s favorite composers, and we’ll hear music from Jacobean England on a featured release by Quire Cleveland.

Week of March 10

Music for Celtic Saints

We’re exploring music written for saints associated with Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Plus, we’ll focus on the harp in our Listener’s Guide to the Renaissance Consort, and we’ll hear music from a recent recording by the ensemble Atalante. (Repeat of March 11, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of March 17

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 March 24

A Case of Mistaken Identity

It’s a case of mistaken identity, this week on Harmonia. Join us for an investigation of misnomers and misattributions as we hear some of the best music that Bach, Pergolesi and Josquin never wrote. Plus, we’ll hear music from the ensemble Trefoil in our featured recording.

Week of March 31

Music for Bass Instruments

We’ll spend time with composers who played-and loved to write for-the bass instruments that you can’t fit in the overhead compartment of an airplane. We’ll also explore music written for violin threesomes and hear chant from a 14th-century manuscript called the Thomas Gradual. (Repeat of November 4, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of April 7

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.

Week of April 14

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 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.

Week of April 21

Ring Around the Rosie

We’re exploring the Black Death and its influence in the lives of composers from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and beyond. Plague plagued Europe for centuries, and we’ll hear music by composers whose lives were upended or cut short by the dread disease. And we’ll play a rare recording of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Pestis Mediolanensis—The Plague of Milan—on our featured release. (Repeat of October 28, 2013.) LISTEN HERE

Week of April 28

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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