On this edition of Harmonia, we tune up strings of the violin, cello, viola da gamba, and lute, with music in scordatura, or alternate tunings, of strange and familiar instruments.
Giovanni Boccaccio’s masterpiece Decameron was a fantasy about escape from the Black Death. How did early composers like Arcadelt, Ferrabosco and Sweelinck set his cheerful poetry? Join us this week on Harmonia as we soothe ourselves and our souls with beautiful music.
We avoid the long lines and go directly into Lincoln’s Inn Fields theatre in London to hear music from some of its most popular shows. Then, we cross the English channel to France, to hear music from the time of Louis XIV from our featured release The Versailles Revolution.
On this episode of Harmonia Uncut, we visit two lone musicians, one in Ohio and one in Berlin, already alone before the pandemic, recording themselves playing all the parts of their pieces. Tricky stuff!
This hour on Harmonia, we explore music about loss and longing.
We'll hear excerpts from “The People’s Purcell” by Le Nef with Michael Slattery at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival’s opening concert of 2017.
In 1433, around 3:00 PM in Scotland in high summer, the sun vanished. This total solar eclipse came to be known as “The Black Hour.” Join us this week as we listen to eclipse-themed music from across the centuries. Music of darkness- this week on Harmonia.
This week on Harmonia, we travel back in time to the happier days of abundant live music, for performances from Early Music America’s 2019 Emerging Artist Showcase, which took place in May 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana.
On Harmonia this week, we’ll try to provide some solace for the postponement of this year’s Early Music America Young Performers Festival by playing some highlights of 2019’s festival, which took place May 22-24 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Ah, time travel! Today’s podcast revisits Music before 1800 in New York City in January of 1979 to bring you excerpts from a concert of fifteenth century Italian music.
A musical quodlibet can be several things — a parody that contains some kind of crazy list, or a piece with well-known melodies that appear in successive or simultaneous combinations. Join us for German musical quodlibets, this hour on Harmonia.
What do the national drink of Hungary and a composition that is found only in one source have in common? Why, both are called Unicum!
The Waltham Abbey Singers perform music of Thomas Tallis.
Join us for music by a Czech violinist and composer who was sought after by Haydn and Beethoven, in the same freemasons’ lodge as Mozart, and very much a star of the Vienna musical scene.
The chalumeau was a single-reed ancestor of the clarinet, whose brief popularity left a lasting impression. We’ll explore music for the chalumeau--plus, torchsongs on historical instruments, on our featured release Songs Without Words on this week’s edition of Harmonia.
Three strands are braided together into this episode of Harmonia Uncut: copies of viols from Lombardy performing music from Lombardy that sets spiritual sonnets written by the first published female poet.
“Why don’t you study something more practical?” This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore music by lawyers, philosophers, and even a king! Plus, music of Johann C. F. Fischer . . .
Enlightenment philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing said, “I'm coming to Leipzig, to the place where one can see the whole world in miniature.” We'll hear music from over 400 years of Leipzig church and city life on this edition of Harmonia.
On today’s podcast, we’ll hear a trouvère song by Gace Brulé with voice and vielle by Aaron Cain and Joanna Blendulf. Then...ever heard of David Baudinger? You won’t forget the name after you hear this performance by viola da gamba player Joshua Keller.
In the three centuries of colonial rule, Mexico City artists gained fame for their musicianship in and beyond the walls of the city’s cathedral. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from some of these famed musicians.
Join us as we explore the musical legacy of Notre Dame Cathedral — plus, a tribute to the late Michael Jaffee.
The supergroup 50 Shades of Baroque perform in a concert most intriguingly titled eponymously. We'll hear music by the Italian composer Antonio Caldara.
This week on Harmonia, we travel to Germany’s thriving port city of Hamburg, a home for civic and church music for over a thousand years. Then, we’ll move from Hamburg to Genoa, Italy, where we’ll hear lute music by Simone Molinaro.
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.
Ensemble Black Tulip in concert, celebrating the delights of Arcadia, including pastoral solo cantatas by Handel and Alessandro Scarlatti.
Join us for settings of Dido’s lament that predated Purcell’s by nearly 200 years
We’ll hear some ‘Alkemical’ medieval songs and dance,
On Harmonia this week, we explore the work of 16th-century Italian composer Costanzo Festa.
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!
Excerpts from renowned renaissance band Piffaro's March 2018 Philadelphia concert.
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.
This week, music of the Seville cathedral, then on to England and The Lily & The Rose.
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.
This hour, we’ll listen to last works-- swan-songs, if you will--from Renaissance and Baroque composers.
This week, baroque composers remember their mentors, colleagues, and heroes through musical tributes known as tombeaux.
The last in our series of four programs about canon and fugue. This hour's devoted completely to Johann Sebastian Bach!
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.