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Week of April 11

A Next Generation

This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear work of a next generation—of sorts. Thomas Tallis brings us a new generation of the 40-voice motet, and a new generation of period performers plays music for an unusual combination of instruments. Plus, our featured release focuses on music influenced by Arcangelo Corelli. Join us!

Week of April 18

Stormy Weather

Spring is an unsettled season. The passage from winter into summer can be stormy, with days of wind and rain ushering in the heat. Music, too, can be prone to storms, and particularly in the baroque, composers enjoyed depicting the clapping of thunder and the gusting of wind. We’ll sample storms on sea and land this week on Harmonia, plus a featured release by the stormily named American baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare.

Week of April 25

Smell the Roses!

Roses are red, violets are blue… and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Join us, and smell the roses! (Repeat of June 29, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 2

Spotlight on New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 1

Harmonia shines a spotlight on the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, the ensemble that first popularized early music in America. We’ll take a look at its history and hear from some of its members. (Repeat of March 25, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 9

Spotlight on New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 2

On Harmonia, join us for some fun with bawdy songs, rounds and catches. Then Wendy Gillespie brings us part two of a New York Pro Musica Antiqua retrospective. We’ll also hear from a collection of dances and Gaelic laments in our featured release. (Repeat of April 1, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 16

Spotlight on New York Pro Musica Antiqua, Part 3

On Harmonia, Wendy Gillespie brings us the third and final part of our tribute to the ensemble that started the early music movement in the US. We’ll hear about the final years of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua and listen to music from one of the earliest fully staged baroque operas to be mounted in America. Plus, we’ll explore some music set to words by famous poets and hear from a recent recording by Capella de Minstrers. (Repeat of April 8, 2013) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 23

I Bite My Thumb at Thee!

We’re going against the grain this week on Harmonia, as we feature the most radical musical diversions from the norm, courtesy of some of the most bold, daring, or slightly insane minds of early music. Care to join us? (Repeat of August 24, 2015) LISTEN HERE

Week of May 30

Cries of London: A David Munrow Retrospective

This week on Harmonia, we’re looking back at the work of a young man who, as the presenter of BBC Radio 3′s Pied Piper, introduced a whole generation of young people to the joys of early music. In the forty years since his untimely death, his work has continued to hold an important place in the hearts of early music fans everywhere.


Tom Zajac Retrospective

The early music world lost one of its brightest stars when Tom Zajac, multi-instrumentalist and long-time member of the renaissance band Piffaro, passed away in August 2015 at the age of 58. We’ll spend this hour celebrating his life and work and his brilliance.


We’ll speak with guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino about his ensemble El Mundo’s recent program of music and art from the time of Caravaggio and Gentileschi. Join us!

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