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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 18, 2006

The Ghosts of Harmonia Past

Mr. Scrooge won't be the only one revisiting history in December. 2006 marks 15 years of Harmonia programs, and this week we'll be celebrating by traveling back in time with a retrospective of holiday shows from the past 5 years. Also, new releases by the Orlando Consort as well as Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

November 27, 2006

Early Music Rocks Out

Early music has inspired numerous 20th century musicians both classical and otherwise. Arrangements abound from unique perspectives. This week on Harmonia we'll take a peek at arranging early music, 20th century style.

November 20, 2006

Jordi Savall Part 2

On Harmonia this week, the second half of a two-part program featuring an interview with viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall. Also, a new release of sonatas and partitas from John Holloway.

November 13, 2006

Jordi Savall, Part 1

Renowned Catalan viola da gambist Jordi Savall remarked that people of Cervantes’ time would have “heard a soundtrack in their minds while reading" Cervantes' Don Quixote. This was the inspiration for a recording project by Hesperion. This week and next week, Jordi Savall will tell us more about this and many other recent recording projects.

November 6, 2006

Broken Consorts, Broken Hearts

On Harmonia this week: The Broken Consort repertoire was unique to Elizabethan England. Its varied yet limited instrumentation yielded very beautiful results. This week on Harmonia, we'll explore the repertoire and its different guises.

October 30, 2006

The Gonzaga Family Album

As we know from pop culture’s fixation on Corleones and Sopranos, there is a fascination with powerful Italian families. Politics and gangsters aside, Italian families in the Renaissance were also some of music’s most generous patrons. This week we look at the musical contributions of the Gonzagas, who ruled Mantua for nearly four hundred years.

October 23, 2006

Politically Correct

Baroque composers were notorious for ingratiating themselves to people of power, wealth, and influence. One way they usually did this was to dedicate a composition to a person who had something they wanted. We'll look at dedication pages and their results.

October 16, 2006

Medieval Macabre

On Harmonia this week: Witchcraft and black cats, horror and death. We'll provide these and more with spooky, scary, and strange music from the past. And after you've gotten a good dose of chills appropriate to the season, we'll give you a treat with a new recording from Stephen Stubbs and Teatro Lirico.

October 9, 2006

Funerals

On Harmonia this week: Music performed during funerals normally has little direct significance for the deceased. Yet in the Baroque Era, a person of high profile would be honored with music especially composed in their honor. This week on Harmonia, we'll look funeral music of the Baroque.

September 25, 2006

Latin American Colonial Music

On Harmonia this week: The most popular 17th-century music that came from the New World to Europe was usually based on dance types. Every emotion could be expressed through movement, from the Chacona to the Xacara. This week we'll look at New World dances.

September 18, 2006

Bibermania: German Baroque Music for Strings

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s pieces for violin, as well as a sampling of his vocal and larger instrumental works.

September 11, 2006

Make Peace Not War: Political Unions and Treaties

Music for political unions, peace treaties, and other cessations of hostility.

September 4, 2006

The Harmonia Gourmet: Food, Feasts, and Festivities

A mix of music and food, as well as compositions about food.

August 28, 2006

Music by the Numbers: Works Labeled 'Opus 5'

The word opus has several meanings. In Latin, it simply means work. In music, it refers to a single composition which has been given a number usually indicating its publication order. This week on Harmonia we'll look at the opus 5 from the 17th and 18th centuries.

August 21, 2006

The Ill-Tempered Klavier: A Brief History of Keyboard Tuning

The world of temperaments and tunings, and what they mean.

August 14, 2006

Cinema Musica: Early Music at the Movies

A sampler of early music in movies, as well as a recent release of music dedicated to Lady Penelope Rich.

August 7, 2006

Much Ado About Mozart... in Vienna

On Harmonia this week: When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart moved to Vienna in the early 1780's, he knew very well where he was going. Vienna was the center of the Hapsburg Empire which supported a wealth of music and musicians. Although preeminent, Mozart was not the only composer with an excellent reputation.

July 31, 2006

Early-Burly: Dance Music from the Renaissance and Baroque

Music for dancing from the 16th through the 18th Centuries.

July 24, 2006

Jefferson the Musician: Works From His Personal Library

Music found in Thomas Jefferson’s catalog of 1783.

July 17, 2006

Da Vinci a la Mode: Music from the Time of Leonardo Da Vinci

Composers and music from the time of Leonardo da Vinci.

July 10, 2006

Outdoor Oddities: Rustic Instruments and Birdcalls

Rustic musical instruments and compositions in imitation of birds.

July 3, 2006

The Wedding Planner

Suggestions to lend a wedding ceremony some early music flair.

June 26, 2006

Plays Well With Others

This week on Harmonia we take a look at the evolution of the Orchestra as we know it, and the trials and tribulations of its creation.

June 19, 2006

Tales of Telemann

Eighteenth century composer Georg Phillip Telemann may be best known for his orchestral suites and sacred cantatas, and as a professional rival of J.S. Bach. But he definitely had a lighter side. This week we explore Telemann the storyteller, with character pieces that were written strictly to make the audience smile, or even giggle.

June 12, 2006

Harpers Bazarre

Harp music from England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland was known throughout Europe for its beauty and technical brilliance. Harmonia will sample harps with gut strings and harps with metal strings and hear how each contributed to the flowering of these unique instruments. Also, two recent releases from Harmonia Mundi.

June 5, 2006

A Tenor is Not What You Think

A “tenor” is not what you think. No, this week won’t feature popular Irish singers or famous opera stars. Much music from the middle ages and Renaissance employs a foundation melody called a tenor. It’s not quite the bass line, and not quite the tune. We’ll explore the various ways composers have used tenors to create all kinds of music.

May 29, 2006

Especially España

What’s so special about music from Spain? Is it just the sound of a strumming guitar or the exciting rhythms of folk dance? Or is Spain’s unique musical history more complex than that? Harmonia will explore the sounds and influences that give early Spanish music a flavor distinctive from all other European music.

March 6, 2006

The Lady Speaks

Have men and women ever really understood each other? In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s program will explore songs composed from the woman’s point of view, some written by women, and some by men, on themes ranging from true love and its loss to revenge and beyond.

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