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January 21, 2017

podcast

Pièces de clavessin.

Say Who? Gaspard Le Roux

Gaspard Le Roux: a composer whose music looms large, but whose life remains in the shadows.

February 6, 2017

podcast

Chopin plays for the Radziwi??s, 1829.

Chopin a Deux

Chopin’s famous concertos played on two original Erard grand pianos.

February 11, 2017

show

Roses

That’s D’Amore!

Ah, Valentine’s Day – a time to cherish a new romance or rekindle an old flame! This week on Harmonia, we explore the sounds of a trio of instruments d'amore.

February 21, 2017

podcast

Detail of Hermann Finck's Practica Musica.

Beauty Farm

It would be interesting to know the story behind the name of the ensemble, Beauty Farm. But never mind…it’s peculiar enough that you’re not likely to forget it!

February 25, 2017

show

Bach family

The Other Guy

What if your name was famous, but your work wasn’t?

March 6, 2017

podcast

Silvestro Ganassi: La Fontegara.

Madrigali Diminuiti

Verdelot’s madrigals (“à la Ganassi”) from the ensemble Doulce Mémoire.

March 11, 2017

show

Mardi Gras masks

Masquerade

What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!

March 22, 2017

podcast

Ensemble Zefiro.

Bach à la Française

Ensemble Zefiro explores Bach's associations with France, and the incorporation of the French style into his music.

March 25, 2017

show

Mondonville portraits

Music of Mondonville

Although famous in his day, the music of French baroque composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville has, nowadays, mostly been forgotten.

March 30, 2017

podcast

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Rough drawing in oil (1821)

Mendelssohn Sonatas From Childhood, Adolescence And Adulthood

Mendelssohn's three sonatas for violin and fortepiano played on 19th century period instruments.

April 12, 2017

podcast

The Sense of Hearing: A Man Playing a Lute.

Marco Dall’Aquila: Music For Lute

Marco Dall’Aquila bridged the gap between two very different periods in the life of the lute, its music, and its playing techniques.

April 15, 2017

show

Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus

“Comme femme”: A Fifteenth Century Song Goes Viral

How did tunes “go viral,” so to speak, centuries before there was any such thing as social media?

April 21, 2017

podcast

An early 5 octave Broadwood piano, 1788.

Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Keyboard music by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, played on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano.

April 22, 2017

show

Jefferson's signature

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

Did you know that founding father Thomas Jefferson was the first major contributor to the Library of Congress?

May 5, 2017

podcast

 Portrait of Saint Philip Neri by Giuseppe Nogari (1699-1766).

Canzonette Spirituali e Morali

Ratis’s Canzonette are more personal than theological or formal--sometimes blithe, sometimes tender, sometimes sensual, often humorous.

May 20, 2017

show

Cat

Just Catting Around

Sit, stay, good dog! This week on Harmonia, our furry and feathered friends are taking center stage.

May 27, 2017

podcast

Catalina Vicens, 2016.

Il Cembalo di Partenope

The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.

June 2, 2017

podcast

Duo Le Fils.

Duo Le Fils

The Elder, The Younger, The Son, The Duo.

June 16, 2017

podcast

Scherzi Musicali.

Say Who? Joseph-Hector Fiocco

Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.

June 17, 2017

show

Telemann

A Tale of Telemann

This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemann’s legacy.

June 24, 2017

show

14th century image of a medieval dance

Soundtrack to the Middle Ages

Knights, peasants, crusades, chants, and saints—this week on Harmonia, we’ll explore aspects of medieval European history.

July 1, 2017

show

American flag

Yankee Doodle

"Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they jovially twine / The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’s Vine.” Those are some of the original words to our national anthem.

July 7, 2017

podcast

Illustration from botanist and amateur musician Nikolaus Jacquin's 1797-1798 publication.

Nachtmusique

Go back in time for a musical soirée in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.

July 21, 2017

podcast

Ensemble Scholastica.

Ars Elaboratio

Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musician’s process.

July 22, 2017

show

Money

Show Me the Money!

The English poet Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.”

August 5, 2017

show

Hurdy-gurdy

The Humble Hurdy-Gurdy

This week on Harmonia we explore one of the most fascinating and complex instruments that was ever misunderstood: the hurdy-gurdy.

August 11, 2017

podcast

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633.

Divine Theatre: Giaches de Wert

Giaches de Wert is famous for his madrigals and his influence on Claudio Monteverdi is often stated. But Wert also composed a significant body of church music.

August 26, 2017

show

Highway

All Who Wander

This week on Harmonia, we’ll hit the road, exploring medieval and renaissance songs of travel, mostly from Spain and Portugal.

August 28, 2017

podcast

Federico M. Sardelli, Selfportrait, 2001.

21st Century Somersaults

"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."

September 8, 2017

podcast

Johannes Tinctoris (Valencia, Biblioteca universitaria, MS 835).

Secret Consolations

Many know Tinctoris only by way of his famous theoretical treatises, but he also composed a great deal of fine vocal and instrumental works.

September 9, 2017

show

Racketts

Strike Up the Band

Wind bands have been tickling our ears for centuries, in war, on the athletic field, and in the concert hall.

September 16, 2017

show

Bassoons

The Docile Dulcian

Dulcian is one of many names used to describe the one-piece ancestor of the modern bassoon.

September 22, 2017

podcast

Engraving of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf by Heinrich Eduard Winter (19th c.)

Dittersdorf’s ‘Ovid’ Sonatas

When life give you lemons…make lemonade. It seems that’s what Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf decided to do.

January 21, 2017

podcast

Pièces de clavessin.

Say Who? Gaspard Le Roux

Gaspard Le Roux: a composer whose music looms large, but whose life remains in the shadows.

February 6, 2017

podcast

Chopin plays for the Radziwi??s, 1829.

Chopin a Deux

Chopin’s famous concertos played on two original Erard grand pianos.

February 11, 2017

show

Roses

That’s D’Amore!

Ah, Valentine’s Day – a time to cherish a new romance or rekindle an old flame! This week on Harmonia, we explore the sounds of a trio of instruments d'amore.

February 21, 2017

podcast

Detail of Hermann Finck's Practica Musica.

Beauty Farm

It would be interesting to know the story behind the name of the ensemble, Beauty Farm. But never mind…it’s peculiar enough that you’re not likely to forget it!

February 25, 2017

show

Bach family

The Other Guy

What if your name was famous, but your work wasn’t?

March 6, 2017

podcast

Silvestro Ganassi: La Fontegara.

Madrigali Diminuiti

Verdelot’s madrigals (“à la Ganassi”) from the ensemble Doulce Mémoire.

March 11, 2017

show

Mardi Gras masks

Masquerade

What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!

March 22, 2017

podcast

Ensemble Zefiro.

Bach à la Française

Ensemble Zefiro explores Bach's associations with France, and the incorporation of the French style into his music.

March 25, 2017

show

Mondonville portraits

Music of Mondonville

Although famous in his day, the music of French baroque composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville has, nowadays, mostly been forgotten.

March 30, 2017

podcast

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Rough drawing in oil (1821)

Mendelssohn Sonatas From Childhood, Adolescence And Adulthood

Mendelssohn's three sonatas for violin and fortepiano played on 19th century period instruments.

April 12, 2017

podcast

The Sense of Hearing: A Man Playing a Lute.

Marco Dall’Aquila: Music For Lute

Marco Dall’Aquila bridged the gap between two very different periods in the life of the lute, its music, and its playing techniques.

April 15, 2017

show

Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus

“Comme femme”: A Fifteenth Century Song Goes Viral

How did tunes “go viral,” so to speak, centuries before there was any such thing as social media?

April 21, 2017

podcast

An early 5 octave Broadwood piano, 1788.

Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Keyboard music by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, played on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano.

April 22, 2017

show

Jefferson's signature

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

Did you know that founding father Thomas Jefferson was the first major contributor to the Library of Congress?

May 5, 2017

podcast

 Portrait of Saint Philip Neri by Giuseppe Nogari (1699-1766).

Canzonette Spirituali e Morali

Ratis’s Canzonette are more personal than theological or formal--sometimes blithe, sometimes tender, sometimes sensual, often humorous.

May 20, 2017

show

Cat

Just Catting Around

Sit, stay, good dog! This week on Harmonia, our furry and feathered friends are taking center stage.

May 27, 2017

podcast

Catalina Vicens, 2016.

Il Cembalo di Partenope

The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.

June 2, 2017

podcast

Duo Le Fils.

Duo Le Fils

The Elder, The Younger, The Son, The Duo.

June 16, 2017

podcast

Scherzi Musicali.

Say Who? Joseph-Hector Fiocco

Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.

June 17, 2017

show

Telemann

A Tale of Telemann

This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemann’s legacy.

June 24, 2017

show

14th century image of a medieval dance

Soundtrack to the Middle Ages

Knights, peasants, crusades, chants, and saints—this week on Harmonia, we’ll explore aspects of medieval European history.

July 1, 2017

show

American flag

Yankee Doodle

"Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they jovially twine / The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’s Vine.” Those are some of the original words to our national anthem.

July 7, 2017

podcast

Illustration from botanist and amateur musician Nikolaus Jacquin's 1797-1798 publication.

Nachtmusique

Go back in time for a musical soirée in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.

July 21, 2017

podcast

Ensemble Scholastica.

Ars Elaboratio

Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musician’s process.

July 22, 2017

show

Money

Show Me the Money!

The English poet Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.”

August 5, 2017

show

Hurdy-gurdy

The Humble Hurdy-Gurdy

This week on Harmonia we explore one of the most fascinating and complex instruments that was ever misunderstood: the hurdy-gurdy.

August 11, 2017

podcast

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633.

Divine Theatre: Giaches de Wert

Giaches de Wert is famous for his madrigals and his influence on Claudio Monteverdi is often stated. But Wert also composed a significant body of church music.

August 26, 2017

show

Highway

All Who Wander

This week on Harmonia, we’ll hit the road, exploring medieval and renaissance songs of travel, mostly from Spain and Portugal.

August 28, 2017

podcast

Federico M. Sardelli, Selfportrait, 2001.

21st Century Somersaults

"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."

September 8, 2017

podcast

Johannes Tinctoris (Valencia, Biblioteca universitaria, MS 835).

Secret Consolations

Many know Tinctoris only by way of his famous theoretical treatises, but he also composed a great deal of fine vocal and instrumental works.

September 9, 2017

show

Racketts

Strike Up the Band

Wind bands have been tickling our ears for centuries, in war, on the athletic field, and in the concert hall.

September 16, 2017

show

Bassoons

The Docile Dulcian

Dulcian is one of many names used to describe the one-piece ancestor of the modern bassoon.

September 22, 2017

podcast

Engraving of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf by Heinrich Eduard Winter (19th c.)

Dittersdorf’s ‘Ovid’ Sonatas

When life give you lemons…make lemonade. It seems that’s what Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf decided to do.

January 21, 2017

podcast

Pièces de clavessin.

Say Who? Gaspard Le Roux

Gaspard Le Roux: a composer whose music looms large, but whose life remains in the shadows.

February 6, 2017

podcast

Chopin plays for the Radziwi??s, 1829.

Chopin a Deux

Chopin’s famous concertos played on two original Erard grand pianos.

February 11, 2017

show

Roses

That’s D’Amore!

Ah, Valentine’s Day – a time to cherish a new romance or rekindle an old flame! This week on Harmonia, we explore the sounds of a trio of instruments d'amore.

February 21, 2017

podcast

Detail of Hermann Finck's Practica Musica.

Beauty Farm

It would be interesting to know the story behind the name of the ensemble, Beauty Farm. But never mind…it’s peculiar enough that you’re not likely to forget it!

February 25, 2017

show

Bach family

The Other Guy

What if your name was famous, but your work wasn’t?

March 6, 2017

podcast

Silvestro Ganassi: La Fontegara.

Madrigali Diminuiti

Verdelot’s madrigals (“à la Ganassi”) from the ensemble Doulce Mémoire.

March 11, 2017

show

Mardi Gras masks

Masquerade

What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!

March 22, 2017

podcast

Ensemble Zefiro.

Bach à la Française

Ensemble Zefiro explores Bach's associations with France, and the incorporation of the French style into his music.

March 25, 2017

show

Mondonville portraits

Music of Mondonville

Although famous in his day, the music of French baroque composer Jean-Joseph de Mondonville has, nowadays, mostly been forgotten.

March 30, 2017

podcast

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Rough drawing in oil (1821)

Mendelssohn Sonatas From Childhood, Adolescence And Adulthood

Mendelssohn's three sonatas for violin and fortepiano played on 19th century period instruments.

April 12, 2017

podcast

The Sense of Hearing: A Man Playing a Lute.

Marco Dall’Aquila: Music For Lute

Marco Dall’Aquila bridged the gap between two very different periods in the life of the lute, its music, and its playing techniques.

April 15, 2017

show

Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus

“Comme femme”: A Fifteenth Century Song Goes Viral

How did tunes “go viral,” so to speak, centuries before there was any such thing as social media?

April 21, 2017

podcast

An early 5 octave Broadwood piano, 1788.

Johann Wilhelm Hässler

Keyboard music by Johann Wilhelm Hässler, played on harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano.

April 22, 2017

show

Jefferson's signature

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

Did you know that founding father Thomas Jefferson was the first major contributor to the Library of Congress?

May 5, 2017

podcast

 Portrait of Saint Philip Neri by Giuseppe Nogari (1699-1766).

Canzonette Spirituali e Morali

Ratis’s Canzonette are more personal than theological or formal--sometimes blithe, sometimes tender, sometimes sensual, often humorous.

May 20, 2017

show

Cat

Just Catting Around

Sit, stay, good dog! This week on Harmonia, our furry and feathered friends are taking center stage.

May 27, 2017

podcast

Catalina Vicens, 2016.

Il Cembalo di Partenope

The 500 year old instrument is one of the earliest harpsichords that has survived the trials of travel and time.

June 2, 2017

podcast

Duo Le Fils.

Duo Le Fils

The Elder, The Younger, The Son, The Duo.

June 16, 2017

podcast

Scherzi Musicali.

Say Who? Joseph-Hector Fiocco

Scherzi Musicali is helping to bring the Fiocco name and his music back to modern ears.

June 17, 2017

show

Telemann

A Tale of Telemann

This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemann’s legacy.

June 24, 2017

show

14th century image of a medieval dance

Soundtrack to the Middle Ages

Knights, peasants, crusades, chants, and saints—this week on Harmonia, we’ll explore aspects of medieval European history.

July 1, 2017

show

American flag

Yankee Doodle

"Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they jovially twine / The Myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’s Vine.” Those are some of the original words to our national anthem.

July 7, 2017

podcast

Illustration from botanist and amateur musician Nikolaus Jacquin's 1797-1798 publication.

Nachtmusique

Go back in time for a musical soirée in an 18th century Viennese drawing room.

July 21, 2017

podcast

Ensemble Scholastica.

Ars Elaboratio

Ensemble Scholastica aims to recreate a medieval musician’s process.

July 22, 2017

show

Money

Show Me the Money!

The English poet Robert Graves once said, “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.”

August 5, 2017

show

Hurdy-gurdy

The Humble Hurdy-Gurdy

This week on Harmonia we explore one of the most fascinating and complex instruments that was ever misunderstood: the hurdy-gurdy.

August 11, 2017

podcast

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, 1633.

Divine Theatre: Giaches de Wert

Giaches de Wert is famous for his madrigals and his influence on Claudio Monteverdi is often stated. But Wert also composed a significant body of church music.

August 26, 2017

show

Highway

All Who Wander

This week on Harmonia, we’ll hit the road, exploring medieval and renaissance songs of travel, mostly from Spain and Portugal.

August 28, 2017

podcast

Federico M. Sardelli, Selfportrait, 2001.

21st Century Somersaults

"Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."

September 8, 2017

podcast

Johannes Tinctoris (Valencia, Biblioteca universitaria, MS 835).

Secret Consolations

Many know Tinctoris only by way of his famous theoretical treatises, but he also composed a great deal of fine vocal and instrumental works.

September 9, 2017

show

Racketts

Strike Up the Band

Wind bands have been tickling our ears for centuries, in war, on the athletic field, and in the concert hall.

September 16, 2017

show

Bassoons

The Docile Dulcian

Dulcian is one of many names used to describe the one-piece ancestor of the modern bassoon.

September 22, 2017

podcast

Engraving of Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf by Heinrich Eduard Winter (19th c.)

Dittersdorf’s ‘Ovid’ Sonatas

When life give you lemons…make lemonade. It seems that’s what Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf decided to do.

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