Early Music

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.

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, "It's all in the Family" concludes with a look at the sons of Johannn Sebastian Bach.  Tune in to enjoy the music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel (the"Berlin" Bach), Johann Christian (the "London Bach") and Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach.

This Friday, Dr. Lewis Baratz continues his look the most celebrated of all musical families:  The Bachs of Thuringia.  Well-Tempered Baroque's It's All in the Family mini-series focuses on favorite cousins of Johann Sebastian Bach:  Johann Ludwig and Johann Bernhard.

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.

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. 

This week on Well-Tempered Baroque, Dr. Lewis Baratz introduces the music of Portugal during the 17th century.  Locked into a dual monarch with Spain, Portugal's music establishment was conservative owing in part to an absentee monarch so the focus was on sacred music.  Selections by native-born composers Pedro de Cristo, Manuel Cardoso,and Filipe de Magalhães.

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