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August 5, 2017

 

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.

July 22, 2017

 

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.”

July 1, 2017

 

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.

June 24, 2017

 

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.

June 17, 2017

 

Telemann

A Tale of Telemann

This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemann’s legacy.

May 20, 2017

 

Cat

Just Catting Around

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

April 22, 2017

 

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?

April 15, 2017

 

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?

March 25, 2017

 

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 11, 2017

 

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!

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