Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

Enjoy an encore broadcast of last Friday night's program. Music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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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.

The Capella Cordina under the direction of Alejandro Planchart was one of the most exceptional and prodigious early music vocal ensembles of the 1970's. Hear a performance of Spanish composer  Cristobal de Morales' beautiful 16th century  Missa "L'homme arme"  on this week's Distant Mirror, Friday night (6/9) at 10.

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.

Soprano Emma Kirkby joins Gothic Voices with three selections by 12th Century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen as well as three selections from John Dowland's last song cycle, A Pilgrim's Solace, accompanied by lutenist Anthony Rooley.  There's also consort music by Orlando Gibbons and a Dufay sacred piece for voice and sax(!).  Join Allan Kelly on Friday's Distant Mirror.

For most of the 14th Century the papacy was situated in Avignon in the south of France.  The Avignonese popes were great patrons of the arts, especially music, where the liturgy for the mass and divine offices were influenced to a great degree by the practices of the Ars Nova.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror the ensemble Venance Fortunat and the choir of the University of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignon.

Nearly all  early music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the court of Alfonso the Wise, those delightful 13th century pieces describing the miraculous intervention of the VIrgin in healing all kinds of human ailments and misfortunes. But did you know that a collection of secular music may have existed as well at Alfonso's court?  The Dufay Collective has done exhaustive research on instruments of the day and the secular styles then in vogue and  has put together music that very well might have been heard at the court.

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