A Baroque Festival

in Daily Programme, Radio Drama, Radio Riel Main, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 8 February, 2014

Join us today for a diverse and extensive collection of music from the Baroque era including composers from all over north‐west Europe.

Baroque music is a style composed from approximately 1600 to 1750. This era followed the Renaissance, and was followed in turn by the Classical era. The word “baroque” comes from the Portuguese word barroco, meaning misshapen pearl, a negative description of the ornate and heavily ornamented music of this period. Later, the name came to apply also to the architecture of the same period.

Baroque music forms a major portion of the “classical music” canon. Composers of the Baroque era include Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Philipp Telemann, Jean‐Baptiste Lully, Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Albinoni, François Couperin, Denis Gaultier, Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Jean‐Philippe Rameau, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Pachelbel, and Henry Purcell.

The Baroque period saw the creation of tonality. During the period, composers and performers used more elaborate musical ornamentation, made changes in musical notation, and developed new instrumental playing techniques. Baroque music expanded the size, range, and complexity of instrumental performance, and also established opera, cantata, oratorio, concerto, and sonata as musical genres. Many musical terms and concepts from this era are still in use today.

ZBS Radio Hour

Then tune in at 11am or 7pm Pacific time (19:00 or 03:00 GMT) for the start of two new adventures in the ZBS Radio Hour.

We begin with Jack Flanders in a two‐part story The Ah‐Ha Phenomenon. Jack Flanders returns, disguised as a dervish, and tip toes through invisible planes in search of the ancient archives that hold all the great past, present, and future Ah-Ha’s! Jack encounters trolls, wizards, demons and mythological beasts on his quest for the wonderful Ah-Ha’s.

Jack is followed by Ruby the Galactic Gumshoe in The Underworld (aka Ruby 3). Ancient Sumerian mythology and other mystical gems weave throughout this taut galactic gumshoe extravaganza. Ruby, our feisty super‐sleuth with an overdose of sass, has been hired to investigate a distinctly evil force that is seeping through the walls of Magnifico, the City of Malls. Meanwhile Inanna is on her own trip into the Underworld to face the Seven Gates, the dark feminine goddess, and quite possibly her death!

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to the programme at http://main.radioriel.org, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

You may also like to tune in to our experimental High Quality HE‐AAC stream at http://minor.slserver.com:9012/live


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