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Archive for Harmonia Early Music

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.

April 1, 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.

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 15, 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.

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 22, 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.

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 14, 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!

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 25, 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!

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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