This week our travels take us to Elizabethan England via the music of Robert Parsons, William Byrd’s immediate predecessor at the Chapel Royal.
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.
This hour we’re exploring the work of a composer for whom more music survives than any other composer working around 1400 in Europe.
Salamone Rossi was an Italian string player and composer working at the turn of the 17th century, a contemporary of Monteverdi and Caccini.
Imagine being a singer in your late 20’s in the Sistine Chapel choir, with Josquin des Pres as a colleague. That was the fate of Costanzo Festa.
This week, a journey back to the 14th century, for an hour of music from the beautiful Italian city of Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance.
This week we set our time-travelling flux capacitor back to the year 1578...
This week, we’re going to meet Thomas Weelkes, one of the most gifted of the early 17th-century English madrigalists and a major composer of church music.
On this week’s program we journey to the 15th century for a program of music from Cyprus.
The third in a series of four programs exploring canons and fugues, from the earliest written music to J. S. Bach.