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.
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.
September 1, 2014
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
“Tinker, Tailor, / Soldier, Sailor, / Rich Man, Poor Man, / Beggar Man, Thief.” It’s an old English nursery rhyme, but most of us know it from the title of a popular 1970s spy thriller. In the novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, these occupations were code names, but this week on Harmonia we’re taking them literally, as we listen to music by men of war, men of craft, and men of espionage.
September 8, 2014
We’re listening for echoes! Spelunkers, churchgoers, and young children in bathrooms have always loved to hear their own voices bouncing back to them, and composers haven’t been immune to the lure of echoing air. We’ll hear musical echoes, short and long, from across Europe. Plus, we’ll explore some curious inventions from composer Biagio Marini in our featured recording.
September 15, 2014
Spotlight on Julianne Baird
This week on Harmonia, we’re shining a spotlight on soprano Julianne Baird. We’ll also enjoy a sampling of Canada’s “early” traditional music scene and hear a modern approach to English renaissance music on a featured release by Joel Frederiksen.
September 22, 2014
Music is many things to many people. The late poet Maya Angelou called music her refuge. To Jack Kerouac, music was “the only truth.” And to composers and musicians through the ages, music was bread and board-and sometimes muse! We’ll hear music about music this week on Harmonia.
September 29, 2014
You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry
Laughter and tears: two of the most human forms of expression. We laugh when we’re happy, and sometimes even when we’re not; we cry for almost as many reasons as there are tears-for pride, grief, annoyance, and of course, love. But how do you snicker–or sob–in song? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, this week on Harmonia.
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.