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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

March 30, 2020

Gardens at Versailles.

Earthly Gardens

Gardens surprise and enchant us. Their fragrant smells can arise in one place from sweet violets, and in another from perfectly trimmed hedges. This week, we take a stroll along the grand canal of the gardens at Versailles, and hear music from a manuscript shaped like a heart.

March 30, 2020

Black Tulip

Black Tulip and the Delights of Arcadia

Ensemble Black Tulip in concert, celebrating the delights of Arcadia, including pastoral solo cantatas by Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti.

March 23, 2020

From a painting of Aeneas and Dido.

Not That Dido!

Join us for settings of Dido’s lament that predated Purcell’s by nearly 200 years

March 16, 2020

medieval alchemy lab

Ensemble Alkemie Unites Music and Magic

We’ll hear some ‘Alkemical’ medieval songs and dance,

March 16, 2020

medieval alchemy lab

Costanzo Festa

On Harmonia this week, we explore the work of 16th-century Italian composer Costanzo Festa.

March 9, 2020

Portrait of a man made of fruits and vegetables.

Ensalada mista!

We'll take a journey to sixteenth-century Spain to hear some foot-tapping ensaladas. Get ready to clap your hands and stamp your feet along with this irresistibly energetic music! 

March 2, 2020

Piffaro in concert.

Piffaro “Back before Bach”

Excerpts from renowned renaissance band Piffaro's March 2018 Philadelphia concert.

March 2, 2020

Piffaro in concert.

Purim Party

Explore the Jewish spring holiday of Purim, a commemoration of the Book of Esther. Purim celebrations are best known today for their gift-giving, wild costume parties, and delicious hamentashen. The story of Esther was also the inspiration for a number of musical works, as we will see.

February 24, 2020

Piffaro in concert.

The Cathedral of Seville

This week, music of the Seville cathedral, then on to England and The Lily & The Rose.

February 17, 2020

Piffaro in concert.

Mount Olympus

Musical tales from the gods of Mount Olympus

February 10, 2020

Heloise and Abelard from the 14th c. French manuscript Le Roman de la Rose.

Star-Crossed Lovers

Valentine’s day may be a day of chocolates, flowers, and joy for some. For others, love is fraught with sadness, separation, and death... This week: stories of famous star-crossed lovers.

February 3, 2020

Black and white engraving of a swan plucking the strings of a harp.

Swan Songs

This hour, we’ll listen to last works-- swan-songs, if you will--from Renaissance and Baroque composers.

January 27, 2020

Candle burning, wax dripping

In Memory Of

This week, baroque composers remember their mentors, colleagues, and heroes through musical tributes known as tombeaux.

January 23, 2020

Image from the first page of the manuscript of the "Ricercar a 6" BWV 1079 by Johann Sebastian Bach., 1747.

All the Way 'Round to Bach

The last in our series of four programs about canon and fugue. This hour's devoted completely to Johann Sebastian Bach!

January 13, 2020

Image from the first page of the manuscript of the "Ricercar a 6" BWV 1079 by Johann Sebastian Bach., 1747.

Round Three

This week, the third in a series of four programs that explore canons and fugues from the earliest written music to J.S. Bach. Join us for “round three,” with catches, canzonas, and a certain infamous canon.

January 6, 2020

Woodcut image of composer Josquin des Prez from 1611

Josquin Can!

This week on Harmonia, a sampling of renaissance rounds performed by Blue Heron, Kings Singers, Nonesuch Consort, Fretwork, and more. 

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