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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

Beach Vacation

8/11/2019
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Are you feeling landlocked? Ready to catch a few waves, splash in the surf and dig your toes in the sand? This hour on Harmonia, we’re headed to the beach, exploring ocean-themed music from across the centuries. From the winds and waves of a storm at sea to divine guidance, from mythological sea creatures to […]

Duration:00:58:52

Gargoyle Melodies: Music from the Notre Dame Cathedral

8/4/2019
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The Cathedral of Notre Dame was heavily damaged in April 2019 by a disastrous fire, and although its largest historical organ managed to survive, there was much devastation. Strangely, we already had a Harmonia program in the pipeline exploring the musical legacy of this great Cathedral. As a result, this hour’s Harmonia program has in […]

Duration:00:58:52

Paul Wranitzky (Who?)

7/28/2019
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Imagine being a violinist and conductor whom both Haydn and Beethoven want to hire to conduct premieres of their work . . . you’re in the same freemasons’ lodge as Mozart . . . and you’re a prominent person in the musical life of Vienna, composing ballet, stage and orchestral works, and chamber music; conducting […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Warbling Chalumeau

7/21/2019
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From time to time on Harmonia, we like to feature music written for a particular historical instrument. This week, we’re getting to know the chalumeau, whose brief popularity left a lasting impression. It’s a single-reed instrument we might describe as the ancestor of the clarinet. We’ll also hear music featuring another woodwind — the oboe […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Musical World of Johannes Ciconia

7/14/2019
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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

Costanzo Festa

6/30/2019
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Imagine being a singer in your late 20’s in the Sistine Chapel choir, with Josquin des Pres as a colleague. That was the fate of Costanzo Festa, who was one of the first Italians to join the ranks of the distinguished northern musicians so prominent in Rome before the mid-16th century. On Harmonia this hour we […]

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The Floating City

6/16/2019
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This week, we travel back in time to the Italian city of Venice. Lined with gondola-filled canals, stunning architecture, and mystical glass, Venice still enchants visitors with its multi-layered history and culture, not to mention its many centuries of splendid music. And it wasn’t just Monteverdi – we’ll hear music from several centuries by other […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Cathedral of Seville

6/9/2019
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During the Renaissance, Spain’s voyages to the Americas brought about power and prosperity to its empire. After a royal decree in 1503, Seville’s port held exclusive shipping rights from the New World. With this newfound position of wealth, Seville became a cultural and financial powerhouse—especially the Seville cathedral, which was also a musical powerhouse, as […]

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Mount Olympus

5/26/2019
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The philosophical, scholarly, and creative thinkers of the 17th and 18th-century period we call the Enlightenment looked back to the Ancients to inspire their forward-looking science and art. They found creativity in the retelling of tales from Greek and Roman mythology—but with what we might call a Baroque twist. This hour, musical tales from the […]

Duration:00:58:52

The Harps in the Trees

3/24/2019
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Our guest on Harmonia this hour is harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton, one of the foremost practitioners of Historical Harp, who joins me for a program featuring the soundtrack to her short documentary film The Harps in the Trees, which tells the story of a musical pilgrimage to Scotland by her ensemble Angelorum. There they meet the luthier who […]

Duration:00:58:52

Purim Party

3/17/2019
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This hour on Harmonia, we explore the Jewish spring holiday of Purim. A commemoration of the Book of Esther, Purim celebrations are best known today for their gift-giving, wild costume parties, and delicious triangle-shaped cookies called hamentashen. The story of Esther was also the inspiration for a number of musical works, as we will see. […]

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Round Three

3/10/2019
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This hour, the third in a series of four programs exploring canons and fugues, from the earliest written music to J. S. Bach – who gets a whole program to himself in the fourth installment. This week, it’s Round Three. Plus, keyboard music of Georg Ludwig Böhm, from a 2013 compilation of Böhm’s complete works […]

Duration:00:58:52

Masquerade

3/3/2019
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What do the Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans, the famous Carnival of Venice, and the Jewish holiday Purim all have in common? Why, costumes, of course!

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

2/10/2019
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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

The Sprightly Companion

1/6/2019
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“Musick will give our hardest Labours Ease; The Hautboy charms in War, the Flute in Pease. Where Love or Honour calls, these Sounds inspire; This charms with Love, That Courage sets on fire.” This hour on Harmonia, we explore what Playford describes as an honorable and courageous instrument: the oboe. Then, stay tuned for our […]

Duration:00:58:52

In Italia: A Renaissance Christmas

12/15/2018
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A Renaissance Christmas from Venice, Naples, Milan and Beyond

Duration:00:58:51

Febus avant!

11/24/2018
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Once upon a time, in 14th century France, there was a nobleman who was able to bring people from opposite sides of, oh, say, a papal schism, together for a meal and some entertainment. His name was Gaston, and he also had very sophisticated tastes in music. We’ll hear music that was composed for this […]

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Robert Parsons, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal

11/3/2018
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This week our travels take us to Elizabethan England via the music of Robert Parsons, William Byrd’s immediate predecessor at the Chapel Royal. Sadly, Parsons drowned in the prime of life, but he left us a wonderful legacy of stunning polyphony for both the Anglican and Catholic rites as well as some striking instrumental music. […]

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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.

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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.

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