11am - 12pm
Angela Mariani and Bernard Gordillo host this weekly program exploring the world of Early Music, from the transcendent sounds of Anonymous 4, to the sublime realm of Chant, to the passion of an Italian Baroque violin sonata. Harmonia is produced in conjunction with Indiana University's world-renowned Early Music Institute.
July 28, 2014
Musical Tour of Vienna
We’re off on a musical tour of Vienna, one of the western world’s foremost musical centers. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Haydn and Beethoven, enjoying performances of their works on period instruments. We’ll also explore instrumental sonatas by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and a groundbreaking opera by Christoph Willibald Gluck.
August 4, 2014
2014 Birthday Boys
The year 2014 is the 600th anniversary of the Council of Constance. It also marks 300 years since the birth of Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel. But did you know that the famous opera reformer Christoph Willibald Gluck and the lesser-known Niccolò Jommelli were also born that year? This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from the Council and from each of these birthday boys.
August 11, 2014
One popular image of an organist is a humble old man or woman hammering through hymns at church. But in Restoration England, the image was much different. This week on Harmonia, we’ll hear music from some “cranky” organists! We’ll also continue our look at the 17th-century theorist Athanasius Kircher and feature music on a recent recording by Chatham Baroque.
August 18, 2014
Regret is a powerful emotion, just as it was in 1400s when the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez set a text about a thousand regrets to music. Josquin’s anguished tune Mille Regretz swept through Europe like a fever, and we’ll hear a multitude of settings, from plain to wild. Plus, we’ll hear music from a featured release by lutenist Hopkinson Smith.
August 25, 2014
Quit Your Day Job!
A lot of parents aren’t thrilled with the idea of their child pursuing a career in music. Apparently this isn’t a new sentiment. This week, we’ll hear music by astrologers, cabinet makers, poets, and others who ducked, or bucked, their non-musical lives to compose music of lasting power.
About the host:
Angela Mariani has hosted Harmonia for WFIU since 1991, drawing on commercial, private and rare archival recordings as well as interviews with performers and scholars. A performer and scholar in the field of early music, she left the University of Massachusetts with a degree in music theory before earning a graduate degree at Indiana University’s renowned Early Music Institute. Since 2000, Angela and her husband have lived in Lubbock, Texas, where they are both members of the music faculty at Texas Tech University.