Friday, April 17, 2009

Musica della sera: Gregorian and Renaissance

The latest Musica della sera show is now up on the Internet to enjoy on demand; see below for locating the link. This program will be available until Thursday, April 23, 2009

This show features Gregorian chant sung by the Monks of Solesmes. They wrote the book on Gregorian Chant, literally! The Liber Usualis, a compendium of standard Gregorian Chant was prepared at the Abbey of St. Peter, Solesmes. The chant set concludes with the ringing of the Angelus bell, and the chirping of the monastery birds.

On the show, a favorite old LP of the music of Dufay performed by the Early Music Consort, conducted by the late David Munrow (He sadly died much too young.) Various settings, including a full mass, based on the lovely tune "Se la Pale Face" (If my face is pale, the cause is love.)

Listen for a shout-out to my friend Randy who was listening to the show live from his digs in Oregon.

There's also a Gregorian tie-in with a virtuoso 20th Century French horn piece by Eugene Bozzo.

Oh, and the medieval music from Denmark is very cool...just a hint of polyphony.

The show concludes with a composition and performance of bandoneon player Dino Saluzzi of Argentina, in concert with the Rosamunde Quartett

You can see exactly what was played and who performed it by referring to the playlist (originally broadcast 4/16/2009).

My wife, Meera Collier-Mitchell, and I take turns hosting the classical radio program Musica della sera on Thursday evenings, 7-9:30 (PT). This week I hosted. Listen at your convenience:

KUSP's brand new web feature: The KUSP Music Show Player, Classical, Jazz, Global, Eclectic, and Late Late, listen on demand, check it out, peruse the list and click the one for Musica della sera to hear our show.

Each broadcast is available for download until it is replaced by the subsequent week's program.

You can also stream KUSP live of course.

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