A Baroque Festival

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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