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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

December 22, 2017

Musica Fiorita plays Molter

The young Johann Melchior Molter likely learned the basics of music before attending Gymnasium in Eisenach where J.S. Bach had been a pupil a few years earlier.

December 8, 2017

Un Jardin à l'Italienne

With the thunderous applause at the end of this CD, you can almost imagine yourself on tour with the Académie in Australia at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

November 29, 2017

Philidor Paris Quartets

Ars Antiqua transports listeners back in time to the gilded 18th century Rococo music rooms of Paris.

November 4, 2017

Something Borrowed, Something New

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

October 30, 2017

Ein Feste Burg

This October 31st marks half a millennium since the young priest, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses that ushered in the Protestant Reformation.

October 13, 2017

Filippo Ruge

Charming music by Filippo Ruge has languished in the wings for too many years just waiting for his turn to be rediscovered.

October 6, 2017

St. Paul's Swallow's Nest

Prominent in Medieval and Renaissance churches, swallow’s nest organs perched high above their congregations suspended from platforms built in the church wall.

September 30, 2017

Going Solo

“I was never less alone than when by myself,” wrote English historian Edward Gibbon.

September 22, 2017

Dittersdorf's 'Ovid' Sonatas

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

September 16, 2017

The Docile Dulcian

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

September 8, 2017

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.

August 28, 2017

21st Century Somersaults

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

August 26, 2017

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 11, 2017

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 5, 2017

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

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 21, 2017

Ars Elaboratio

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

July 7, 2017

Nachtmusique

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

July 1, 2017

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 30, 2017

Carlo Farina

The influential Italian composer, Carlo Farina, was at the forefront of the violin’s flourishing.

June 24, 2017

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

A Tale of Telemann

This week on Harmonia we celebrate Telemann’s legacy.

June 16, 2017

Say Who? Joseph-Hector Fiocco

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

June 2, 2017

Duo Le Fils

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

May 27, 2017

Il Cembalo di Partenope

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

May 20, 2017

Just Catting Around

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

May 5, 2017

Canzonette Spirituali e Morali

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

April 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Thomas Jefferson!

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

April 21, 2017

Johann Wilhelm Hässler

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

April 15, 2017

"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 12, 2017

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.

March 30, 2017

Mendelssohn Sonatas From Childhood, Adolescence And Adulthood

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

March 25, 2017

Music of Mondonville

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

March 22, 2017

Bach à la Française

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

March 6, 2017

Madrigali Diminuiti

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

February 25, 2017

The Other Guy

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

February 21, 2017

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 11, 2017

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 6, 2017

Chopin a Deux

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

January 21, 2017

Say Who? Gaspard Le Roux

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

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