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An exploration of early music, looking at early developments in musical performance and composition in Britain and abroad. UK only: please note that not all episodes are podcast.

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An exploration of early music, looking at early developments in musical performance and composition in Britain and abroad. UK only: please note that not all episodes are podcast.

    Baroque trumpets at the Bate Collection

    Baroque trumpets at the Bate Collection

    Simon Debruslais explores some early examples of trumpets in Oxford's Bate Collection.

    • 35 min
    Stile Antico's Renaissance Christmas

    Stile Antico's Renaissance Christmas

    Hannah French is joined by members of vocal ensemble Stile Antico to explore choral music written for the festive season.

    • 35 min
    La Serenissima at 25

    La Serenissima at 25

    Hannah French and violinist Adrian Chandler chat about 25 years of his ensemble La Serenissima, including recordings of music by Vivaldi, Tartini, Pisendel and Fasch.

    • 31 min
    Stormy weather

    Stormy weather

    Lucie Skeaping explores early music that evokes stormy weather and extreme climates, from tempests to heatwaves. Featuring works by Marin Marais, Matthew Locke, Jean Fery-Rebel and Christopher Tye.

    • 19 min
    The life and works of Jean Mouton

    The life and works of Jean Mouton

    Lucie Skeaping takes a look at the life and works of the remarkable early 16th-Century French composer Jean Mouton, compared only to the great master of the Renaissance polyphony, Josquin des Prez. Mouton excelled in writing especially elegant and deep religious motets, as well as other religious pieces for the French court, where he spent most of his career. He was also a teacher and had among his pupils no other than Adrian Willaert, who went on to create the Venetian school in Italy. So great was Mouton's popularity that the Medici Codex of 1518, one of the most famous and elaborate compilations of music from all Europe at the time, prepared for the pope, included some of his best work, which prompted a scholar in the 1960s to argue that the book had actually been edited by Mouton himself - but did he work on it? And how did his pieces end up in this celebrated Italian collection? All will be revealed in this programme!

    • 21 min
    Early Music Show Special: Al-Andalus!

    Early Music Show Special: Al-Andalus!


    A day of programme exploring the music and culture of Al-Andalus - the 800 year period of Muslim rule in Spain and Portugal which ended in 1492. Al-Andalus was both a beacon of learning and knowledge in the Middle Ages and a place of subordination for Christians and Jews. The music and culture which emerged from the three faiths left a unique legacy.

    Hannah French is joined in the studio by guests including musicologist Jonathan Shannon, Islamic art historian Sabiha al Khemir and historian Hugh Kennedy to explore the music and culture of Al-Andalus, with contributions from linguist Dr Alice Corr and food writer Claudia Roden.

    1200 - Hannah French introduces us to some of sights and sounds pf Al-Andalus alongside guests Sabiha al Khemir and Hugh Kennedy.

    Singer and performer Belinda Sykes delves into the Arabic influences on the music of the Iberian Peninsula - connections, parallels and differences between the various secular repertoires of medieval Spain.

    1315 - Hannah French and guests explore how the culture of Al-Andalus has influenced modern-day Spanish and Portuguese language, architecture, food, literature and music, including contributions from linguist Dr Alice Corr (Birmingham University) and food writer Claudia Roden.

    1345 - FADO, & FLAMENCO – legacy of a different sort
    Elizabeth Kinder delves into more contemporary Spanish and Portuguese music including fado, flamenco and fandango to find out how the music of Al-Andalus has left its mark. With contributions from Rui Nery (foremost expert on fado, based in Lisbon), Juan Pinilla (flamenco singer, based in Granada) and Anita La Maltesa (performer of fandango and flamenco dance, based in London).

    1410 – Hannah French and guests ask where the Al-Andalus traditions are most alive today, in music, language, architecture and writing.

    1415 - AMINA ALAOUI
    Amina Alaoui is a Moroccan-born exponent of the Andalus tradition, who really opened the doors for female singers to perform this repertoire. Having studied in Granada, she specialises in the gharnati (the Arabic word for Granada) style of music. Amina talks about her studies, her career and about her love of this music, and we hear some of her favourite music.

    1430 - Hannah French and her studio guests return to examine some of the myths and memories of Al-Andalus amongst Muslims and Europeans today

    This musical tradition is still very much alive in north Africa today, but much less so in Spain and Portugal. We hear from musician Mohammed Briouel, artistic director of the Morocco-based Orchestre Arabo-Andaloui de Fes, to find out what this music means to him and his peers.

    Hannah French and her guests sum up the afternoon with final thoughts and some delicious treats courtesy of Claudia Roden!

    • 30 min

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Music expresses that which cannot be said,
and on which it is impossible to be silent.
EARLY Music expresses an emotion
hidden in our distant past.
yet impossible to forget

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