Allan Kelly

Program Host

Allan Kelly is host of Distant Mirror which airs Fridays at 10 pm.

Allan has been hosting Distant Mirror since 1992. His interest in classical music goes back to the early seventies when he worked an overnight shift at KWAV in Monterey, California while attending UC Santa Cruz by day studying medieval and Renaissance history.  During his air shift he would play much early music which seemed to provide a perfect ambience for study. His program director, who was also a cellist in the local orchestra, became a good friend and mentor.

In 1976 he received his Masters in Medieval/Renaissance studies from Rutgers University and went on to teach Western civ courses for a short time at Spartanburg College in South Carolina. He has worked nearly every musical format over the years, including a ten-year gig at WSSH in Boston. But classical music has always been his format of choice and in the nineties when he began here at WWFM he was at long last able to combine his love of medieval/Renaissance history with the music from both those periods. Distant Mirror has also afforded him the opportunity to meet local early music musicians, and every fall he emcees a yearly Early Music festival. 

He is fortunate that his companion Judy (whom he calls Lady J)  is also a classical music enthusiast, and they spend much of our time attending local and regional concerts.  Having played guitar in his youth - although not very well - his goal is to someday have a go on the lute.

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Anonymous 4 refers to 14th century Florentine composer Francesco Landini as the "Italian master of subtle refinement" and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear them perform several of his love songs from their cd The Second Circle.  Landini was also a singer, poet, organist and maker of instruments. His secular music was loved all over Europe and influenced many later composers.  Also on the program: Julian Bream performs several Elizabethan and Jacobean lute pieces.

The Tournai Mass (late 13th-mid 14th centuries)  is the first complete mass that we know of, that is, the first mass with a fixed ordinary. although each movement was composed by a different anonymous scribe. A performance by the Trio Mediaeval. There are also several ricercari and salterelli  by Giovanni Maria da Crema  (mid 16th century) from his 1546 book of lute pieces, featuring lutenist Christopher Wilson. And we'll conclude with music written by Henry VIII of England, the suite "Rose without a Thorn" which he wrote while wooing Anne Boleyn.

Dances, fantasias and popular tunes for Queen Elizabeth I's Violin Band on Friday's Distant Mirror: Anonymous 16th century music performed by the Parley of Instruments Renaissance Violin Band conducted by Peter Holman.  Also on the program, rare 15th Century church music featuring pieces by Walter Lamb and John Dunstable, and more of those pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne from his collection of 1599 with Hesperion XXI directed by Jordi Savall.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI visit Distant Mirror this week with Elizabethan Consort music from their CD The Teares of the Muses, pavans, galliards and almans of Anthony Holborne from his collection of 1599, which was the first printed collection of dance music to appear in England.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

On this week's Distant Mirror hear dance music of the 16th century from the publications of Pierre Phalese, Tielman Susato, Pierre Attaignant and Claude Gervaise performed by the Clemencic Consort.   And the completion of the Mass cycle of William Byrd with his Mass for 5 Voices.  The Tallis scholars perform directed by Peter Phillips.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at  10.

Both sacred and secular music of William Byrd on this week's Distant Mirror: The Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill perform Byrd's Mass for 3 Voices while Capriccio Stravagante is heard in two secular pieces-- The Leaves Be Green and a praeludium and ground. The program concludes with two ballades and a rondeaux of Guillaume Machaut from his most famous secular piece, the musical poem Le Voir Dit with Jeremy Summerley directing the Oxford Camerata.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

It's the music  of 13th century French trouveres  Adam de la Halle this week on Distant Mirror. Adam was in the service of Robert of Anjou, brother of Louis IX. He wrote chansons, motets and rondos and you can hear several of these as the Dufay Collective peroform from their CD On the Banks of the Seine.  There are also two selections by John Dowland, three songs by 15th century  English composer Robert Morton, and church music by Tudor composer Christopher Tye. Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

The Ensemble Clement Janequin visits Distant Mirror with the top tunes of the 1550's from their collection called  Fricassee Parisienne: Popular Chansons from the French Renaissance.  Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crecquillon and others. Then, one of the more  popular suites of dances from the late Renaissance, the Terpsichore Dances  of Michael Praetorius performed by the Early Music Consort of London under David Munrow. We conclude with the Magnificat of English Tudor composer Christopher Tye. The Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford performs.

Leonin and Perotin were, successively, masters of music at Notre Dame cathedral, Paris, around the year 1200, just after the great edifice was built, and they were the first composers that we know of who employed polyphony, Leonin for two voices and Perotin for four, and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear their Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes performed by the Early Music Consort of London and the Hilliard Ensemble.  There's also some secular music  on the program as the Newberry Consort perform selections from their CD Il Solazzo.

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble for works that include two 14th Century Czech pieces and a selection by Christobal de Morales on this week's Distant Mirror.

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