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Harmonia is a weekly one-hour radio program, podcast and blog that takes listeners back in history to the cathedrals, fairs, and stages of the past, teaching listeners about history as documented by musicians of the periods. From the sublime realm of Chant to the passion of an Italian Baroque violin sonata - Harmonia brings the music of these earlier periods to life, as performers of today cast new light on the music of the distant past. Harmonia is a production of WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, Indiana.

Harmonia is a weekly one-hour radio program, podcast and blog that takes listeners back in history to the cathedrals, fairs, and stages of the past, teaching listeners about history as documented by musicians of the periods. From the sublime realm of Chant to the passion of an Italian Baroque violin sonata - Harmonia brings the music of these earlier periods to life, as performers of today cast new light on the music of the distant past. Harmonia is a production of WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Bloomington, IN

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Harmonia is a weekly one-hour radio program, podcast and blog that takes listeners back in history to the cathedrals, fairs, and stages of the past, teaching listeners about history as documented by musicians of the periods. From the sublime realm of Chant to the passion of an Italian Baroque violin sonata - Harmonia brings the music of these earlier periods to life, as performers of today cast new light on the music of the distant past. Harmonia is a production of WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, Indiana.

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1229 E. 7th St. Bloomington, IN 47405 (812) 855-1357


Episodes

The Musical World of Johannes Ciconia

9/29/2018
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This hour we’re exploring the work of a composer for whom more music survives than any other composer working around 1400 in Europe. Join us for a sampling of the eclectic works of Johannes Ciconia. Our featured release is a 2018 recording from Montréal Baroque, Bach: Cantatas for Luther. We heard the first movement of […]

Duration:00:58:52

A Tour of the Tudors

9/15/2018
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The Tudor period was marked by the flourishing of sacred music in the chapels and cathedrals of England.

Duration:00:58:52

Strike Up the Band

9/8/2018
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Wind bands have been tickling our ears for centuries, in war, on the athletic field, and in the concert hall.

Duration:00:58:52

The Songs of Salamone Rossi

9/1/2018
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Salamone Rossi was an Italian string player and composer working at the turn of the 17th century, a contemporary of Monteverdi and Caccini. Join us as we mull musically over a Mantuan musician who left an indelible imprint on European music. Speaking of indelible, our featured release is a 2018 recording from The Brook Street […]

Duration:00:58:52

Bird Watching

8/25/2018
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Birds are nature’s original songsters, and it’s a rare musician who has managed to turn a deaf ear to their music. From Medieval troubadours to avant-garde stylists, composers throughout the centuries have listened – and sought to imitate – the melodies of our fine feathered friends. It’s a musical aviary this week on Harmonia, including […]

Duration:00:58:52

Laurence of Florence

8/11/2018
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This week, a journey back to the 14th century, which in Italy would be called the trecento, for an hour of music from the beautiful Italian city of Florence at the dawn of the Renaissance. Lorenzo da Firenze, or “Laurence of Florence” was one of a group of composers who lived and worked in that […]

Duration:00:58:52

When in Rome

8/4/2018
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“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” This proverb, attributed to Saint Ambrose, encourages us to keep with the traditions of the places we visit and inhabit.

Duration:00:58:52

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

7/28/2018
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A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but would it sound as lovely? This hour on Harmonia we’re offering a bountiful bouquet of music featuring that age-old symbol of love, the rose. Even our featured release is coming up roses – we’ll sample tracks from O florens rosa: La rosa nella musica […]

Duration:00:58:52

London 31390

7/21/2018
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From PRI, Public Radio International, welcome to Harmonia. I’m Angela Mariani. This week we set our time-travelling flux capacitor back to the year 1578, with instrumental part-music associated with the town of Chichester but kept in a manuscript now in London’s British Library. It contains the only copy we have of some of its pieces, […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Wacky World of Weelkes

7/14/2018
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From PRI, Public Radio International, welcome to Harmonia. I’m Angela Mariani. This week, we’re going to meet Thomas Weelkes, one of the most gifted of the early 17th-century English madrigalists and a major composer of church music. Join us as we look at Weelkes’ colorful life and listen to some of his sublime music. Plus, […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Amazing Cypriot Manuscript

6/30/2018
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From PRI, Public Radio International, welcome to Harmonia. I’m Angela Mariani. On this week’s program we journey to the 15th century for a program of music from Cyprus. We’re spending some quality time with music that was very nearly lost when it caught fire. We’ll be exploring a beautiful book that contains a large and […]

Duration:00:58:52

Everybody Hates a Prodigy

6/16/2018
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Prodigies inspire and amaze us. Often, they accomplish things in their teenage years that most of us cannot hope to achieve in a lifetime. This hour on Harmonia, we listen to music and poetry by brilliant young minds. Then, stay tuned for featured release Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, Vol. 5, performed by Blue Heron. […]

Duration:00:58:52

Three Centuries of Patronage: The Medici Musical Legacy

6/9/2018
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This week on Harmonia we’ll explore this wide swath of music history through the Medici lens.

Duration:00:58:52

There’s Something About Mary

6/2/2018
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There’s something about Mary – the Virgin Mary, that is! She’s been the subject of countless sacred works throughout the history of western art music.

Duration:00:58:52

Say Who? Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel

6/1/2018
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Fortepianist Els Biesemans and violinist Meret Lüthi play music by the neglected but commendable Classical composer, Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel.

Duration:00:07:37

Dancing with the Viennese

5/19/2018
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When we think of music in Vienna, names such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Schoenberg might come to mind. However, these musical giants are only a few in the long line of influential composers and musicians to come out of Vienna. This hour on Harmonia, we explore the work of Viennese composers from the Middle […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Raimondi Manuscript

5/18/2018
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The Raimondi Manuscript is an important source for 16th and 17th century lute music.

Duration:00:06:03

All in the Family

5/12/2018
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As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”

Duration:00:58:52

Form and Function

5/5/2018
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The music of medieval France was deeply and inextricably tied to the poetry from which it sprang. This hour on Harmonia, we’re exploring the music of early 14th century poet and composer Jehan de Lescurel. Our featured release is harpsichordist Richard Egarr’s 2017 recording of the keyboard partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach. We heard the […]

Duration:00:58:52

Pergolesi Rediscovered

5/4/2018
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Despite his short life, Pergolesi left an impressive body of work behind.

Duration:00:06:29