The Early Music Show: Music of the Renaissance

In today’s pro­gramme of Ear­ly Music, we fea­ture music of the Renais­sance from across West­ern Europe, from Britain, France, Ger­many, Spain and Italy.

You’ll be hear­ing both “loud” and “soft” bands — the for­mer includ­ing brass instru­ments such as the sack­butt (a pro­to-trom­bone), shawm (a wood­en reed instru­ment that is the pre­de­ces­sor of the oboe, brought to Europe from the Arab lands), rausch­pfeife (an aston­ish­ing­ly loud capped-reed instru­ment in which, like a bag­pipe chanter, the reed is enclosed and nev­er touch­es the lips, in con­trast to the shawm) and var­i­ous forms of per­cus­sion, usu­al­ly heard out­doors – not to men­tion bag­pipes; while the lat­ter includes qui­eter indoor instru­ments like the crumhorn, recorders, var­i­ous stringed instru­ments and occa­sion­al key­boards.

In this pro­gramme we will be includ­ing authen­tic ren­di­tions of Ear­ly Music by some of the mas­ters of the field, such as the late David Munrow, Ulsamer Col­legium, the Bal­ti­more Con­sort and Musi­ca Reser­va­ta, cov­er­ing both sacred and sec­u­lar music. We will be includ­ing an exten­sive selec­tion of music by Michael Prae­to­rius from his vast Terp­si­chore dance col­lec­tion, played by sev­er­al dif­fer­ent artists.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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