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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.

    On Bach's Farm

    On Bach's Farm

    Bach’s Germany was an agrarian society. Just beyond Leipzig’s city walls, farmers worked the land to grow crops that sustained its citizens. Some of Bach’s music explicitly engages with farming. Its rustic oomph and repetitive motifs call to mind the manual toil of digging. John Eliot Gardiner even described the texture of one Bach cantata as “warm topsoil, fertile and well irrigated”. Yet devotional writings of Bach’s time make it clear that farming was something not just done out on the fields. Instead all Lutherans were to be farmers of sorts: they were to plough the “soil” of their hearts so to receive the Word of God and bring it to fruition.

    The notion that scripture was a type of seed pervaded eighteenth-century thought, and Bach was intimate with this kind of corporeal agricultural. In this episode, violinist and member of Chineke!, Mark Seow explores how the cultivation of Lutheran hearts as if they were farmland urge us to rehear much-loved moments of Bach, including movements from his Christmas Oratorio and the St Matthew Passion.

    • 16 min
    Juan Gutierrez de Padilla

    Juan Gutierrez de Padilla

    Lucie Skeaping explores the life and works of one of colonial Latin America's greatest composers - Juan Gutierrez de Padilla.

    Musician, priest and purveyor of fine musical instruments, Padilla was born in 1590 in Malaga, Spain. He took a big step in his church career by emigrating to Mexico in his 30s, and by the mid-1600s, he was Musical Director of Puebla de los Angeles' magnificent cathedral and composer of a substantial collection of glorious works for double choir - firmly establishing the cathedral as the most outstanding musical institution of the Spanish colonies in the process. We also join Andrew Cashner, assistant professor of music at Rochester University, for a closer look at the impact of Padilla's social and cultural world upon one of his most intriguing works, Al establo más dichoso.

    • 20 min
    Lassus & Wine - Part 2

    Lassus & Wine - Part 2

    Orlando Lassus wrote a staggering number of pieces about wine, covering all genres from sacred to secular and everything in between. They tell us much about life, trade, and feasting in Munich in the second half of the 16th century, but also show that Lassus was quite the wine connoisseur: not only in drinking the best wines across Europe, but even his knowledge of wine production.

    For this second of two programmes, Hannah French is joined down the line from New York by wine historian and musicologist Ron Merlino to explore the music of Lassus while tasting some of the types of wine he encountered at the Court of Duke Albrecht V in Munich.

    In this programme, Ron has chosen four types of wine thought to have been known to Lassus - 2 red wines and 2 sweet wines:

    a Cabernet Franc from Anjou in the Loire Valley, France

    a Falernian (made from Aglianico grapes) from Campania, Italy

    a sweet Malvasia from Sicily

    and

    a sweet Rust wine from Austria

    • 38 min
    Lassus and Wine - Part 1

    Lassus and Wine - Part 1

    Orlando Lassus wrote a staggering number of pieces about wine, covering all genres from sacred to secular and everything in between. They tell us much about life, trade, and feasting in Munich in the second half of the 16th century, but also show that Lassus was quite the wine connoisseur: not only in drinking the best wines across Europe, but even his knowledge of wine production.

    For this first of two programmes, Hannah French is joined down the line from New York by wine historian Ron Merlino to explore the music of Lassus while tasting some of the types of wine he encountered at the Court of Duke Albrecht V in Munich.

    Today, the two wines featured in the programme are both white wines known to have been available in Bavaria in the 16th century:

    Trimbach Muscat from Alsace

    and

    Rueda Verdejo from Spain

    • 33 min
    Light in the Darkness: Chiaroscuro

    Light in the Darkness: Chiaroscuro

    As part of Radio 3’s Light in the Darkness season, illuminating winter, Lucie Skeaping explores depictions of chiaroscuro - a technique used in visual art that produces striking musical contrasts too. With music by Gesualdo, Dowland, de Rore, Handel, Graupner and Haydn.

    • 19 min
    Vincenzo Galilei

    Vincenzo Galilei

    Hannah French and Zak Ozmo explore the life and work of the extraordinary 16th-century Italian lutenist, music theorist and composer Vincenzo Galilei, who was born around 500 years ago.

    Galilei was a hugely important figure in the musical life of the late Renaissance - a polymath, who studied the science of music as well as performing it, and was clearly an enormous inspiration for his son - the astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. Some scholars credit him with directing the activity of his son away from pure, abstract mathematics and towards experimentation using mathematical quantitative description of the results. And Zak Ozmo says there is a case for regarding him as the father of Baroque music, pre-empting the work of Monteverdi and possibly influencing JS Bach to compose the Well-Tempered Clavier over a century later.

    We also hear from Acoustic Engineer, Professor Trevor Cox, who looks at the practical experiments Galilei carried out to see if Pythagoras's theories about string lengths in musical instruments were correct.

    • 30 min

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