Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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In Elizabethan England  popular music was performed by minstrels, dance bands and waits. The lyrics of poems were collected along with appropriate tunes into little books, and one of the more famous  was A Handful  of Pleasant Delites which consisted of sacred pieces, bawdy, amorous, something for every taste. Hear several of these on Friday's Distant Mirror. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

It's the music of Orlando Gibbons and William Lawes on this week's Distant Mirror as Fretwork performs consort music for viols from the early Stuart period in England: Fantasies, pavans, almans and In Nomines.   Fretwork is joined by lutenist Christopher Wilson and organist Paul Nicholson.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

The Romance of the Rose is a medieval French poem styled as an allegorical dream vision. The work's stated purpose is to entertain as well as to teach others about the art of love. It's one of the great masterpieces of French literature and has influenced much  of European culture including Dante and Chaucer.  Much of the text was set to music and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear several of the resulting chansons as the ensemble Alla Francesca performs. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

The Old Hall Manuscript is the largest, most complete and most significant source of English sacred music from the 14th century and on Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear selected motets from the manuscript with countertenor Russell Oberlin performing, accompanied by tenor Charles Bressler and baritone  Gordon Myers. Join Allan Kelly at 10 

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Johannes Ockeghem was the leading composer of the Franco-Flemish school in the last part of the 15th century and the most influential composer between Dufay and Josquin.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror you can hear one of his cantus firmus  masses, the  Missa Ccaput in a performance by the Clerks' Group directed by Edward Wickham.  Join Allan Kelly at 10.

Distant Mirror: Nov. 3 - Original Carmina Burana

Nov 3, 2017

Music from the Carmina Burana on this Friday's Distant Mirror.  The Carmina Burana,  those 11th-13th century western European student songs that served as the model for Karl Orff's masterpiece centuries later: Songs of love, morality, drinking and gaming, and spiritual needs.  A performance by the Boston camerata directed by Joel Cohen.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Tomas Luis de Victoria, sometimes called the  Spanish Palestrina, was arguably the greatest  composer of the Spanish counter-reformation.  On Friday's Distant Mirror you can hear his Missa Ave Maris Stella in a performance by the Choir of Westminster Cathedral directed by David Hill.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10.

The Baltimore Consort visits Distant Mirror with entertainment music from Elizabethan England. Some of the greatest music for mixed or broken consort will be heard, including selections by John Johnson, Richard Allison,  Thomas Ravenscroft and others.  The program concludes with several ricercari  by Marco Dall'Aquila performed  by lutenist  Christopher Wilson.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10. 

Giullaume Dufay was the greatest composer of the 15th Century, the leading figure of the Burgundian school, and stood at the watershed of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Hear his most famous mass, the Missa Se la face ay pale in a performance from the early 70's by the Early Music Consort of  London under the direction of David Munrow on Distant Mirror. Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm Friday.

Roland de Lassus, perhaps more popularly known as Orlando di Lasso, was the chief representative of the mature polyphonic sound of the 16th century Franco-Flemish school.  He wrote over 150 chansons that were enormously popular throughout Europe, and on this week's Distant Mirror you can hear several of these performed by the Ensemble Clement Jannequin.  There's also music of Elizabethan composer Thomas Morley, represented here in his many roles as composer, publisher and arranger.  The Musicians of Swanne Alley perform led by Paul O'Dette and Lyle Nordstrom.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night

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