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Ensemble Constantinople

This week, a recording where east meets west and the old and new blend together.

Constantinople

Photo: Yannick MacDonnald

Members of Constantinople

Constantinople, the former name of a famous city in Turkey, is also the name of a group that prides itself on blending the sounds of eastern and western cultures. Ensemble Constantinople incorporates various instruments including the Persian setar, viola da gamba, baroque guitar, various percussion instruments, and voice. The inspiration for this recording was a Latin American nun named Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Although her poetry survives, her music does not so the group recreated her music by using known bass lines under new settings of her poetry.

Music Heard On This Episode

Lucas Ruis Ribayaz: Premiers Songes
Constantinople — Early Dreams (ANALEKTA, 2011)
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Lucas Ruis Ribayaz: Premiers Songes
Constantinople — Early Dreams (ANALEKTA, 2011)
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Lucas Ruis Ribayaz/Sor Juana: Las Fuentas mi voz Socorran
Constantinople — Early Dreams (ANALEKTA, 2011)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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