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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

October 25, 2021

Something Wicked This Way Comes

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." This hour on Harmonia, we’ll catch a fright listening to scary sounds for Halloween.

October 18, 2021

Old harmonia logo

30th Anniversary Reflections: What's Changed?

Harmonia came into existence in October of 1991! As a part of the celebration of our 30th year, we’ll visit with some veterans of the early music world and hear some of their thoughts on how the field has evolved for performers.

October 11, 2021

Gloria d’Angeli by Marco Bigio, 1530-1570.

The Cornetto

This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore the magical sound of the cornetto. Plus, our featured release is A Delicate Fire: Music of Barbara Strozzi.

October 4, 2021

Wedding of Louis XIV

Wedding Bells

We’ll hear music from a few famous weddings of the Renaissance and Baroque.

September 27, 2021

The Abandoned by Sandro Botticelli

Je suis desheritée

This week, we’re exploring one of “greatest hits” of the Renaissance: a love song called “Je suis desheritée,” and we’ll hear settings by composers as famous as Lassus and Gombert. Plus, we’ll feature Ensemble Dragma’s recording Song of Beasts: Fantastic Creatures in Medieval Songs.

September 20, 2021

Early 16th century manuscript of Missa de Beata Virgine.

The Master of the Notes: 500 Years of Josquin des Prez

500 years after his death, Josquin des Prez looms large in our musical memory. This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore music by the Franco-Flemish master and composers he influenced. Plus, our featured release is J.G. Graun: Chamber Music from the Court of Frederick the Great.

September 13, 2021

Jean-Marc Nattier's painting Terpsichore, Muse of Music and Dance, 1739

Celebrating 400 Years of Praetorius

This week on Harmonia, we’re celebrating four hundred years of music by Michael Praetorius. His music for dance delights us—and today’s performers never fail to amuse us with new combinations of instruments including viols, recorders, and crumhorns. Plus, our featured release is “Mercy au Mort” performed by Ferrara Ensemble.

September 7, 2021

Pair of pythons

Pairings

This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear two expressive, complex pairs of pieces from 14th- and 15th-century France—one a pair of ballades by Machaut and Franciscus, the other a pair of motets by Busnois and Ockeghem. Plus, our featured release pairs serious songs with drinking songs from 17th-century France.

August 30, 2021

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Dublin Airs

In the eighteenth century, Dublin was the second biggest city in the British Empire. Irish, English, and Italian musicians flocked to Dublin’s rich cultural scene—and Dublin even saw the premiere of Handel’s Messiah. Plus, medieval music from Florence performed by La Rota, this week on Harmonia.

August 24, 2021

HUP broken consort

Harmonia Uncut: Antic Faces

Join us for arrangements of well-known Elizabethan tunes mixed with serious secular polyphony in this 2019 concert by the ensemble Antic Faces entitled "Joyne Hands - Elizabethan entertainments for mixed consort."

August 23, 2021

The Prophet Jeremiah, Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel.

Who Will Give?

This hour, we’re going to hear half a dozen pieces from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries, each of which begins with the same two words, “Quis dabit” - Latin for “who will give.” We’ll find that for hundreds of years those two words have signaled a call to mourning and have been the inspiration for unforgettable music.

August 16, 2021

Solar eclipse.

Black Hour

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.

August 9, 2021

Detail from a portrait of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible by painter Viktor Vasnetsov in 1897.

Royal Composers

Throughout the ages, music has been a feature of royal occasions such as coronations, weddings, and so on. But we also have examples of music that was composed by the rulers themselves, as we’ll hear this week on Harmonia.

August 2, 2021

Jacob Obrecht

Mysteries of Early Music: Obrecht in Spain?

This week, we explore the manuscript known as the Cancionero de Segovia from Spain It contains more Franco-Flemish music than Spanish, including 18 compositions by the Flemish composer Jacob Obrecht that are not found in any other source. Yet Obrecht never visited Spain… Mysterious, huh? What’s that all about? Plus, a tribute to Jean Lamon, founder and longtime director of the acclaimed Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, who passed away in June 2021.

July 26, 2021

Carvor Choirbook

The Carvor Choirbook

This week on Harmonia, music from the Carvor Choirbook, the largest surviving collection of Scottish sacred polyphony from the sixteenth century. The music is ornate and demanding, implying that they had some very fine singers back then - and luckily for us, we still do.

July 21, 2021

Detail of the painting Four Seasons in One Head by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Phantasticus! Seventeenth Century Avant-Garde

Stylus fantasticus - the very words bring wild, swirling, colorful images leaping into the imagination! This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore this expressive, experimental, new music of the seventeenth century. Plus, we’ll feature work of seventeenth century composer-violinist David Petersen. Join us!

July 19, 2021

Michael McCraw and Washington McClain

Harmonia Uncut: Telemann Sandwich

Here's a delicious Telemann sandwich filled with CPE Bach! (Hold the mayo and mustard.)

July 12, 2021

Sucre Cathedral, Bolivia

The Viceroyalty of Peru

The construction of La Plata Cathedral, now known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Sucre in Bolivia, began in 1559. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music written for this sparkling venue, with its white marble lit up by the stained glass windows. Plus, our featured release is Tommaso Giordani: Six Duos for Two Cellos.

July 6, 2021

Lady Fortuna spinning her wheel from Boccaccio's De casibus virorum illustrium

Big Wheel Keeps on Turning

For hundreds of years, the goddess Fortune and her wheel have offered us a way to comprehend the unpredictability of life. This week on Harmonia, we’ll look back to the fourteenth century and explore the appearances of Fortune in music as people try to make sense of famine, plague, political and religious strife. Join us!

July 5, 2021

HUP 34 Brade Bunch performers

Harmonia Uncut: "The Brade Bunch"

Head-banging viol consorts - really? YES! Join “The Brade Bunch” in Berkeley, CA in 2008 for some of the best music that has ever been.

June 28, 2021

The Galax Quartet

New Music, Early Music: Galax Quartet’s Dream Drapery

One of the things that we like to celebrate occasionally on Harmonia is the vibrant repertoire of new music written for early instruments. This week: music from a beautiful new recording by the Galax Quartet called Dream Drapery, featuring works by Marc Mellits, Robert Morris and Joseph Schwantner.

June 24, 2021

Musick of Sundrie Kindes

Have You Listened to Ford Lately?

England has brought us many great musicians…so Thomas Ford is easily lost in the crowd, but he was a fine composer and viol player who deserves our attention. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from Thomas Ford and later in our featured release, music for the traverso (baroque flute) from the court of Louis XIV.

June 21, 2021

Carmina Burana wheel

Harmonia Uncut: Thomas Binkley Remembered

Thomas Binkley died in April of 1995, and in September of that year a large group of former students and colleagues gathered to remember him with his own favorite kind music-making—live performance.

June 14, 2021

Roman de Fauvel

Psalm 2: The European Tour

The Book of Psalms figures prominently in the Hebrew, Christian, and Islamic faiths alike. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear various settings of one psalm—Psalm 2—the one that begins, “Why do the nations rant? Why do the peoples rave uselessly?” Plus, our featured recording is Cantica Obsoleta by the ensemble Acronym.

June 7, 2021

Les Nations concert

Harmonia Uncut: Naughty Notes

The year is 1983 and notes inégales are about to be heard for the first time in Recital Hall at the IU School of Music.

June 7, 2021

Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

Tales of Survival from Lisbon

This hour on Harmonia, we’ll savor some of the rich early music of Lisbon…Plus, our featured recording is Flutes of a Feather: Telemann Duets for Two Flutes.

June 3, 2021

Buzzie bee

Buzzies

Busy bees buzz as they journey from flower to flower and back to the hive. But this week on Harmonia, bees aren’t all that’s a buzz—we’ll hear music featuring the crumhorn. Plus, our featured release is Handel Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 performed by Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

May 17, 2021

Mystery music "bachs."

Mystery Bachs

A large collection of music that was thought lost forever after the Second World War re-emerged in Kiev in 1999. Among its more than 5000 pieces of music is a collection of music composed by some of JS Bach’s predecessors that formed part of Bach’s estate. Join us on Harmonia for music of some Bachs you may not know.

May 13, 2021

Stained glass image of Thomas Tallis at St Alfege Church, Greenwich, London..

Memorable Mentors

The best teachers challenge and inspire us in personal, meaningful ways. This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore some famous teacher-student relationships among Renaissance and Baroque composers. Plus, Himmelsmusik -- with ensemble L'Arpeggiata.

May 10, 2021

Old music manuscript

Harmonia Uncut: Arrangements of Bach

Judith Linsenberg has been living with her arrangements of Bach organ sonatas as trio sonatas for many years now, but we’re going to travel back to when she was getting to know the music for the first time.

May 3, 2021

Painting titled Il Decamerone (1870) by Severin Falkman

Catching Boccaccio

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.

April 26, 2021

Guillaume de Machaut, Le remède de fortune

Harmonia Uncut: "Fourteenth-Century Chamber Music"

What the heck is fourteenth century chamber music? Excerpts from a concert called “Fourteenth century chamber music” - performed by faculty of the Early Music Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1989.

April 22, 2021

King David playing the zither

David's Harp

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” We’ll explore settings of the words of King David – psalms, laments, and music for his instrument—the harp. Our featured release is Sansara: Cloths of Heaven…on Harmonia.

April 12, 2021

Thomas Binkley

Harmonia Uncut: Get Binked!

Thomas Binkley founded the Early Music Institute at IU School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana in 1980. We'll hear excerpts from the very first faculty performance.

April 5, 2021

Portrait of composer Alexander Agricola

The Curious Case of Alexander Agricola

This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore secular song and quirky instrumental music of the fifteenth-century Flemish composer Alexander Agricola. Plus, music from our featured release, “Johannes Ockeghem: Complete Songs, Volume 1,” performed by Blue Heron.

March 29, 2021

Bloomington Bach Cantata Project logo

Harmonia Uncut: The Fifth of Six in the Seventh

A performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam,” BWV 7, on February 26, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana. It was the fifth of six cantatas in the seventh season of the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project.

March 26, 2021

Ferdinand Olivier's painting of Psalm 137

Homeland: Music of Loss and Longing

This hour on Harmonia, we explore music about loss and longing.

March 8, 2021

A painting by Bernardo Bellotto set in Dresden, Germany, 1749

The Jewel of Saxony

Known as the Jewel of Saxony, Dresden has long been a cultural center of Germany. This week on Harmonia, we’ll explore music performed by the city’s Renaissance wind bands, and two generations of Dresden Kapellmeisters—Hassler, Praetorius, and Schütz. Our featured release is Mare Balticum, volume two: Medieval Finland and Sweden, by Ensemble Peregrina.

March 3, 2021

Detail from a panel of the The Last Judgement by Fra Angelico, c.1431.

Hotter Than Hell

Hell, the underworld, and areas of evil are home to many of music’s darkest scenes. This week on Harmonia, baroque music featuring portrayals of evil spirits, Lucifer, and Hell. Then, darkness turns to light in our featured release, Epiphany: Biber, Buxtehude, Kapsberber, & Bach, by Three Notch’d Road.

March 1, 2021

The HIlliard Ensemble in 1980

The Hilliard Ensemble in 1980

We'll hear a performance from a 1980 cassette tape of the Hilliard Ensemble's first concert in NYC.

February 15, 2021

Baroque composer Giovanni Legrenzi

Harmonia Uncut: Legrenzi Suggests…  

The UNT Collegium Singers and Baroque Orchestra present several different ways of performing the music, just as Giovanni Legrenzi suggests. Check it out!

February 8, 2021

joyce chen, harpsichordist

Early Music America: 2019 Emerging Artists Showcase

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.

February 1, 2021

McGill University Baroque Ensemble

Early Music America: 2019 Young Performers Festival Highlights

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.

February 1, 2021

15th-century Jerusalem

Harmonia Uncut: Old School, New Perspective

Listen as Hebrew, Islam, and Christian traditions overlap and diverge as they spread around Europe and Asia, in a performance by ensemble Schola Antiqua.

January 19, 2021

Ensemble Sonnambula

Harmonia Uncut: Sleepwalking in 17th-Century Paris...

The ensemble Sonnambula plays music from seventeenth-century France by Lully, Lalande, and more at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in NYC of September 2017. Join us!

January 18, 2021

Francois Boucher’s painting “Sleeping Shepherd” from a reproduction by Eloisa Mannion.

Not My Day Job

“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 . . .

January 11, 2021

Painting of Oaxaca Cathedral by José María Velasco, 1887

Mexico City Music

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.

January 4, 2021

Quire Cleveland, St. Matthew Passion

Harmonia Uncut: Richard Davy's St. Matthew Passion

Let's hear some of Quire Cleveland's 2017 performance of the St. Matthew Passion by Renaissance composer Richard Davy.

January 4, 2021

The painting View of Hamburg by Elias Galli, circa 1680.

Hats Off to Hamburg

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.

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