Distant Mirror with Allan Kelly

Fridays at 10 pm

An hour of music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

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On Friday's Distant Mirror hear the late 13th--early 14th century Tournai Mass, the very first complete mass, that is, the first mass in which the ordinary remained fixed, although the mass movements were composed by several anonymous scribes.  The Trio Medaieval performs.  There's also music of King Henry VIII of England, who, when not beheading wives or detroying monasteries, had time to write some happening tunes, such as the suite "Rose without a Thorn" written while wooing Anne Boleyn. The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble performs.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

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 conducted by Peter Holman. Then rare  15th century English church music  featuring pieces by Walter Lamb and John Dunstable performed by the Orlando Consort from their cd The Call of the Phoenix.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.

Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX I visit Distant Mirror Friday night with Elizabethan consort music from the cd "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 at 10pm. 

There's some great  Renaissance dance music on Friday night's Distant Mirror as the Clemencic Consort performs from the collections of Pierre Phalese, Claude Gervaise and Pierre Attaignant.  Also on the program, the conclusion of the mass cycle of William Byrd as the Tallis Scholars under Peter Phillips perform the Mass for 5 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Hear both sacred and secular music by William Byrd on this Friday's Distant Mirror. First, the Choir of Winchester Cathedral under the direction of David Hill performs the Byrd Mass for 3 Voices; then two consort pieces: The Leaves be Green and a praeludium and ground, both featuring Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempe.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

The Martin Best Ensemble visit Distant Mirror Friday night with several of the Cantigas of Santa Maria from the 13th century court of King Alfonso X, the Wise, of Castille.  These songs are in honor of the Virgin Mary in the tradition of the Provencal troubadours.  Also on the program: The Tallis Scholars perform William Byrd's Mass  for 4 Voices.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

It's the music of 13th century French composer Adam de la Halle on this week's Distant Mirror.  Adam was a trouveres in the service of Robert of Anjou, brother of Louis IX.  He wrote chansons, motets nd rondos and you can hear several of these performed by the Dufay Collective from their cd On the Banks of the Seine.  Join Allan Kelly Friday night at 10. 

The Ensemble Clement Janequin visits Distant Mirror Friday night with the top tunes of the 1550's from their collection called Fricasee Parisienne: Popular Chansons from the French Renaissance. We know of the popularity of these pieces since they were reprinted several times during the century.  Hear selections by Sandrin, Sermisy, Crequillon and others.  Also on the program: the Terpsichore Dances of Michael Praetorius with the Early Music Consort of London led by David Munrow.  Join Allan Kelly at 10 pm. 

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.  On Friday night's Distant Mirror hear them perform a beautiful mass by the 16th century Spanish master Cristobal de Morales, his  Mass for the Armed Man. Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Leonin and Perotin were 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 about who employed polyphony.  On Friday's Distant Mirror hear their Viderunt Omnes and Sederunt Principes performed by the Early Music Conssort of London and the Hilliard Ensemble. There's also some secular music for good measure as the Newberry Consort performs music for a medieval banquet.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Norwegian soprano saxophonist Jan Garbarek joins the Hilliard Ensemble on Friday's Distant Mirror with selections from that award winning 1994 CD  Officium, including two 14th century Czech pieces and a selection by Cristobal de Morales.  Then we pay tribute to the ground breaking early music ensemble Musica Reservata with selections from medieval France and Italy. And there are two pieces by  Saint Colombe for two bass viols performed by Les Voix Humaines.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm. 

Soprano Emma  Kirkby  joins Gothic Voices on Friday night's Distant Mirror with three selections of 12th century abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen from the cd A Feather on the Breath of God. Then Ms. Kirkby is  joined by lutenist Anthony Rooley for selections of John Dowland from  his last sone cycle A Pilgrim's Solace.  Join Allan Kelly at 10.

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 extent by the practices of the ars nova.  On Friday's Distant Mirror the Ensemble Venance Fortunat and La Schola of the university of Tours perform music from the popes' palace at Avignonese from the CD Altera Roma.  Join Allan Kelly at 10pm.  

Nearly all early music enthusiasts are familiar with the Cantigas of Santa Maria 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 also have existed at Alfono's court?  The Dufay Collective have done exhaustive research on the instruments of the day and the secular styles then in vogue andhave put together a program of secular music that very well may have existed at the court.  Hear some of these pieces on Fri

Distant Mirror: Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2018

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