Lewis Baratz

Program Host

Dr. Lewis Baratz is host of Well-Tempered Baroque, which airs Fridays at 11 pm.

Ph.D in musicology Case Western Reserve University.  Performances on recorder and/or harpsichord with Abendmusik, Ars Musica, Bethlehem Baroque, Biber Baroque, Brandywine Baroque, Ensemble Impromptu, Le Triomphe de l’amour, MidAtlantic Opera Company, Queens Consort, VOICES Chorale, Vox Ama Deus, & VOYCES.  More than 20 publications on a wide range of music history topics, including performance of 15th-century dance music, 17th-century Roman keyboard music, biographical, archival, and manuscript studies, basso continuo, and the choirboys of the Brussels Collegiate Church of SS Michael and Gudula, ca. 1550 to 1793.  Baratz was a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and a Board member for Early Music America. Lewis was interim director of the Marquis Consort Early Music Ensemble of Lafayette College, visiting Professor at Seton Hall University, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Mercer County Community College. He currently teaches harpsichord at Lafayette College.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores Bach's chamber music for a solo instrument and harpsichord.  We'll hear examples of a sonata for flute and harpsichord, violin and harpsichord, and viola da gamba and harpsichord.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the German Francophiles of the 17th and early 18th centuries.  Learn about and hear the exquisite music of German composers who wrote in music tradition of Paris and Versailles during the age of Louis XIV.  Music by Muffat, Kusser, Pez, and Richmann.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, sample Baroque music on the Brilliant Classics label.  Founded in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands in 1995, Brilliant Classics' goal was to produce high-quality recordings at budget prices.  After its acquisition by the German firm Edel A.G. Brilliant Classics CDs are now available throughout the world.  With more than 1470 titles, there's much fine music avaiable to keep music lovers engaged for years.  This week's line up includes music of Thomas Tallis, Peter Phillips, Alessandro Grandi, Salomone Rossi, and Peter Bustijn.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque (Friday 11 pm), the music of Johann Kuhnau.  Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722) was a celebrated polymath,  A practicing lawyer, translator, writer, organist, singer, and above all, cantor of the St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where he presided over the city's music from 1701 until his death.  It was Kuhnau's high standards as a composer and director that set the bar against which Johann Sebastian Bach would be judged.  Johann Kuhnau, this week on Well-Tempered Baroque.  

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque (6/9 at 11 pm) Dr. Lewis Baratz explores the music of the Kantors of the Thomaskirche before Johann Sebastian Bach.  Learn about this glorious music tradition beginning with the appointment of Sethus Calvisius in 1594 up to Johann Kuhnau,whose tenure was from 1701 until 1722.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues his discussion of musical depictions of the Orpheus Legend.  Excerpts of works by 17th-century Italian composers Antonio Sartorio, Stefano Landi, and Luigi Rossi.

Historical keyboards

The operas of Cavalli (Part 2).

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