EarlyMusic: Never the Twain Shall Meet 25 Jan 15
"East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." So wrote Rudyard Kipling, but in the world of early music at least, the artistry of the Middle East exerted a huge influence on the instruments and compositions of Europe. From Greek music theory to wandering minstrels, and poetic song
EarlyMusic: Composer profile - Jacques Duphly 18 Jan 15
Sophie Yates presents a profile of the French harpsichordist and composer Jacques Duphly, the tercentenary of whose birth falls this month.
EarlyMusic: Hampton Court and Edward VI 11 Jan 15
Lucie Skeaping visits Hampton Court Palace to find out about the music written during the short, but eventful reign of King Edward VI. She traces Edward's story from cradle to grave with guest contributor Michele Price - manager of the choral foundation at Hampton Court Palace.
EarlyMusic: The Story of Ann Cargill 04 Jan 15
Lucie Skeaping visits the Scilly Isles to learn about the actress and singer Ann Cargill, who drowned in a dramatic shipwreck there in 1784, and whose ghost is said to have haunted Rosevear Island ever since.
EarlyMusic: Here We Come a-Wassailing 28 Dec 14
Lucie Skeaping investigates an ancient musical tradition whereby people went from door to door singing carols and were rewarded with hot mulled cider. Wassailing can be traced back possibly as far as Anglo-Saxon times and has evolved over time to become associated with Christmas. Lucie Skeaping intr
EarlyMusic: Christopher Hogwood profile 14 Dec 14
A special repeat of Catherine Bott's interview with the distinguished conductor, keyboardist and musicologist, Christopher Hogwood, who died earlier this year. Catherine chats to him about his career as one of the major proponents of the early music movement, including Christopher's early work with
EarlyMusic: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach 21 Nov 10
Catherine Bott presents a profile of Bach's eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann, who despite being renowned as an organist and composer during his lifetime, died in poverty.
EarlyMusic: Music to Boccaccio's Ears 07 Dec 14
As part of Decameron Nights, Lucie Skeaping talks to David Fallows, Emeritus Professor of Musicology at the University of Manchester, about music in Italy in the time of Boccaccio.
EarlyMusic: Lost Sounds 30 Nov 14
Clare considers why forgotten instruments which were once part of musical life - such as the vielle, the bray harp, the hurdy gurdy and the viola organista - are now rarely heard.
EarlyMusic: Frans Bruggen (2 of 2) 23 Nov 14
Lucie Skeaping presents the second of two tributes to Frans Bruggen looking at the conducting years, she is joined by flautist Lisa Beznosiuk of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the clarinettist Eric Hoeprich, from Bruggen's own Orchestra of the 18th Century.
EarlyMusic: Frans Bruggen (1 of 2) 16 Nov 14
In the first of two tribute programmes to the late Frans Bruggen, the recorder player Piers Adams reflects on Bruggen's career as a recorder virtuoso.
EarlyMusic: CPE Bach in Hamburg 12 Oct 14
Piers Adams celebrates CPE Bach's 300th anniversary year with a visit to the city of Hamburg, where the 54-year-old Emanuel Bach began a new career as music director to the city's churches. Dutch keyboard player Pieter Jan Belder samples the vast collection of fortepianos and clavichords at the Muse
EarlyMusic: A Tribute to Christopher Hogwood 28 Sep 14
Lucie Skeaping is joined by Sir Nicholas Kenyon in a tribute to conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood, who died recently. They consider the extraordinary impact he made in early, baroque and classical music performance, and introduce some of his iconic and groundbreaking recordings.
EarlyMusic: Pierre de Manchicourt 05 Oct 14
Lucie Skeaping and conductor Stephen Rice explore the music of the Franco-Flemish composer Pierre de Manchicourt, who died 450 years ago today.
EarlyMusic: Music in 18th-Century Birmingham 14 Sep 14
Lucie Skeaping is joined by harpsichordist Martin Perkins to explore the music 18th-century audiences in Birmingham and the Midlands would have known. The programme includes rarely heard works by John Pixell, Richard Mudge, Joseph Harris, Barnabas Gunn, Jeremiah Clark of Worcester and Capel Bond.
EarlyMusic: The Roots of Klezmer 07 Sep 14
Lucie Skeaping explores the origins of Klezmer, a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, with musicologist Dr Alexander Knapp. Played by professional musicians called 'klezmorim', the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings a
EarlyMusic: The Development of the Bassoon 24 Aug 14
Lucie Skeaping looks at how the bassoon developed from its forerunner - the curtel, dulcian or bajon, with the help of experts Maggie Kilbey and Andrew Watts.
EarlyMusic: Jean-Philippe Rameau and the Dance 17 Aug 14
Sophie Yates visits the Royal Academy of Music in London to explore Rameau's mastery of dance music in his works for the theatre. She's joined by the art historian Clare Hornsby, the dancer and choreographer Christopher Tudor and the composer and harpsichordist David Gordon, to examine an engraving
EarlyMusic: How to be HIP 10 Aug 14
Clare Salaman is fascinated by the continuing debate about authenticity - or Historically Informed Practice (H.I.P) - in Early Music. How can we be sure that performances are historically accurate, and how important is it that they are? Clare talks to Cat Mackintosh about early developments in pe
EarlyMusic: Giovanni Gabrieli: Music for San Rocco 12 Aug 12
Lucie Skeaping introduces a selection of music by one of the most engaging and important Venetian composers, Giovanni Gabrieli, who died in August 1612. Gabrieli spent his life working in Venice and held the esteemed position of organist at both St. Marks and San Rocco, so some of the musicians and
EarlyMusic: Scarlatti and Corelli: Music for a Bourbon 02 May 10
In 1702, the 19-year-old Philip V of Spain came from his native France to Naples for a month. For this occasion, the Neopolitan based composer Alessandro Scarlatti was joined by the other great Italian composer of the day, Arcangelo Corelli, with mixed results! Catherine Bott explores the stories th
EarlyMusic: Rameau and the Harpsichord 15 Jun 14
Sophie Yates visits The Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments in Edinburgh to play extracts from Rameau's Pièces de clavecin on three extraordinary double-manual French harpsichords made in the late 1700s and fully restored to playing condition. She talks to the museum's curator, Darryl M
EarlyMusic: C.P.E. Bach in Berlin 06 Jul 14
Piers Adams continues to celebrate CPE Bach's 300th anniversary year with a visit to Berlin's Charlottenburg Palace, where Emanuel Bach arrived as an optimistic 26 year old to join the court of Prussia's flute-playing King Frederick the Great.
EarlyMusic: Composer profile: Robert Fayrfax 29 Jun 14
Lucie Skeaping celebrates the life and music of English composer Robert Fayrfax who flourished in the early 1500s and was born 550 years ago. More of Fayrfax's music survives than of any other English composer of the period, largely due to the existence of two large Tudor choir books in which his wo
EarlyMusic: Composer profile: William Boyce 11 Sep 11
Lucie Skeaping and Jeremy Barlow explore some of the places in London where the composer William Boyce lived and worked. Their journey takes them from a church in central London where he had his first job, to the public gardens in south London where his music was enjoyed by many.
EarlyMusic: Dufay's Europe 30 Mar 08
Guillaume Dufay was a 15th century composer, born in what is now northern France, who spent most of his career touring Europe, working in some of the most important and influential centres of his day. He found himself in the middle of many of the major political struggles comfronting the 15th centur
EarlyMusic: Charles Burney's German Journey 25 May 14
In July 1772 Dr Charles Burney set off on his second European journey to gather information for his proposed mighty publication of A History of Music. Lucie Skeaping interviews musician and publisher Ian Gammie about Burney's musical perambulations through Germany and The Netherlands, and chooses mu
EarlyMusic: Greek Myths 17 Jun 12
Lucie Skeaping introduces a diverse selection of early music inspired by Greek myths, including works by Monteverdi, Handel, Purcell, Cavalli, Rameau and Gluck.
EarlyMusic: Hilliard Ensemble - 40th Anniversary 11 May 14
Lucie Skeaping talks to members of the Hilliard Ensemble as they celebrate their 40th anniversary, and plays a selection of their many recordings.
EarlyMusic: Venanzio Rauzzini 27 Jun 10
Catherine Bott visits Bath with bass-baritone Raimund Herincx to learn about the celebrated 18th century castrato, teacher and composer, Venanzio Rauzzini.
EarlyMusic: 18th Century Season: Abel: 27 Apr 14
As part of the BBC's 18th Century Season, Lucie Skeaping looks at the life and music of the German composer Carl Friedrich Abel, who spent most of his career in London.
EarlyMusic: 18th Century Season: Hogarth 20 Apr 14
As part of Radio 3's 18th Century season, Lucie Skeaping takes three celebrated pictures of 18th-century life by Hogarth, and considers their musical references. Lucie is joined by Jeremy Barlow, an authority on music in the 18th Century, who has made several recordings with the Broadside Band and h
EarlyMusic: Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride 06 Apr 14
Lucie Skeaping looks at the music from Gluck's fifth operatic masterpiece, Iphigénie en Tauride - based on Euripides' play, and first performed in Paris in 1779.
EarlyMusic: Composer profile - Locatelli 23 Mar 14
Lucie Skeaping explores the life and works of Pietro Antonio Locatelli, who died 250 years ago.
EarlyMusic: The City of Salzburg 26 June 10
Lucie Skeaping takes a look at some of the composers who lived and worked in Salzburg, before it became the Mozartean shrine we know it as today!
EarlyMusic: Rameau's Platée 16 Mar 14
Lucie Skeaping looks at Jean Philippe Rameau's comic masterpiece, the baroque opera Platée. Rameau wrote the opera when he was in his sixties, for an entertainment at a court wedding at Versailles. The story tells of a foolish and ugly nymph who believes she is loved by Jupiter. The sense of the abs
EarlyMusic: CPE Bach 300th Anniversary
Piers Adams celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of CPE Bach with tracks from new CDs released to mark the occasion. In his time, CPE Bach was one of Europe's most famous and popular composers: a friend of English music scholar Charles Burney wrote to him in 1774, "I find the Carlophilipema
EarlyMusic: The Return of the Nyckelharpa 02 Mar 14
Multi-instrumentalist Clare Salaman presents a programme all about a once popular early instrument with Swedish origins that has all but dropped off the musical landscape in this country. However, the nyckelharpa (or 'keyed fiddle') makes a sound that delights audiences. Clare has delved into the be
EarlyMusic: The Cardinall's Musick at 25 23 Feb 14
Lucie Skeaping plays recordings of the Cardinall's Musick and talks to its director Andrew Carwood as the group celebrates its 25th anniversary. Music played includes works by Byrd, Fayrfax, Ludford and Sheppard.
EarlyMusic: Bach's The Art of Fugue 16 Feb 14
At the end of his life Johann Sebastian Bach set out to create a great summary of his thoughts and ideas about an intellectual musical form he'd made very much his own - the fugue. The result is the "Art of Fugue" which he left unfinished at his death. But how should we regard this work? Was it inte
EarlyMusic: Purcell's Schooldays 09 Feb 14
The birth of Henry Purcell coincided with a hugely turbulent time in English political history, and went almost completely unnoticed. There are no baptismal records and we're not absolutely sure who his parents were, although it's likely that he was born in a house just a few hundred yards from West
EarlyMusic: Composer profile - Perotin 26 Jan 14
Lucie Skeaping presents recordings of music by the 13th-century European composer Perotin, including performances by the Hilliard Ensemble, The Orlando Consort and Ensemble Organum. Probably French in origin, Perotin's music embodies the Notre Dame school of polyphony and the ars antiqua style.
EarlyMusic: FW Zachow 18 Aug 12
Primarily remembered today as the teacher of Handel, the German musician FW Zachow was a renowned composer in his own right. Lucie Skeaping explores his life and influence on Handel's music alongside a variety of Zachow's works.
EarlyMusic: European Union Baroque Orchestra 19 Jan 14
Lucie Skeaping presents a concert of music by Bach, Rameau and Leclair given by the European Union Baroque Orchestra and director Lars Ulrik Mortensen at MediaCityUK in Salford.
EarlyMusic: Inspiring Lutenists 12 Jan 14
Lucie Skeaping talks to lutenist Elizabeth Kenny about two of the performers who most inspired her: Robert Spencer and Nigel North.
EarlyMusic: The Incomparable Lubicer 05 Jan 14
Lucie Skeaping explores the story of the virtuoso German violinist Thomas Baltzar, nicknamed "The Incomparable Lubicer". He caused a storm in early 17th Century England and was acclaimed as the greatest violinist in the world.
EarlyMusic: Seasonal music with Emma Kirkby 29 Dec 13
Early music stalwart, the soprano Dame Emma Kirkby chooses some of her favourite seasonal music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque.
EarlyMusic: Handel the Gourmand 15 Nov 09
Lucie Skeaping talks to chef Clarissa Dickson Wright about Handel's love of food. Contemporary pictures and biographers depicted the composer as being over-interested in food, and having a 'great appetite'. From the famous London chop houses and al fresco picnics along the Thames to new spices and c
EarlyMusic: Thomas Ravenscroft 22 Aug 09
In 1609, one of the "most eccentric characters in an age of professed eccentics", one Thomas Ravenscroft edited Pammelia, the earliest English printed collection of rounds and catches. Lucie Skeaping explores the life and music of the man who wanted to produce "Harmony to please, varietie to deligh
EarlyMusic: Academy of Ancient Music - 40th Anniversary 08 Dec 13
Lucie Skeaping celebrates the 40th anniversary of the UK's pioneering period orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, in the company of Music Director Richard Egarr. Together they look back over the orchestra's history and listen to some of its most important recordings.
EarlyMusic: Rameau and La Poupeliniere 10 Mar 13
Lucie Skeaping explores the relationship between Jean-Philippe Rameau and his main patron Alexandre Le Riche de la Poupelinière.
EarlyMusic: The Tallis Scholars at 40 17 Nov 13
Lucie Skeaping in conversation with Peter Phillips, director of the Renaissance choral group the Tallis Scholars, which maintains its world wide popularity 40 years after it was founded. Over the years, many of their 60 or so CD recordings have reached iconic status and Peter will be choosing some o
EarlyMusic: A Sure Foundation 31 Mar 13
Chorales, or German hymn tunes, played a central role in the sacred music of German composers right from the time of Martin Luther (who wrote some of them himself) up to that of JS Bach. Lucie Skeaping explores some of the ways in which these composers used them.
EarlyMusic: Purcell's Dido 16 Sep 12
Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of one of the earliest and best-known English operas - Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", the love story of the Queen of Carthage and her Trojan hero.
EarlyMusic: Charles Burney - Journeyman, Historian & Composer 11 Nov 07
Lucie Skeaping talks to musicologist Ian Gammie about the life and travels of the inimitable Charles Burney. The 18th century music-writer, teacher, organist and composer was well known for having opinions on just about everything and, during his extensive travels through Europe, he met some of the
EarlyMusic: The Harpsichord and Film 15 Sep 13
As part of the BBC's Sound of Cinema season, Lucie Skeaping presents a profile of the harpsichord in film scores. Lucie looks back on the pioneering work of Wanda Landowska in stimulating a renewed interest in the instrument in the first third of the 20th Century, and how the distinctive sound of th
EarlyMusic: Greek Myths 13 Oct 13
Lucie Skeaping introduces a diverse selection of early music inspired by Greek myths.
EarlyMusic: The Other Water Music 07 Sept 13
Virtually unknown a few decades ago, Georg Philipp Telemann's orchestral suite 'Hamburger Ebb' und Fluth' (Hamburg Ebb and Flow) is fast becoming a rival to Handel's 'Water Music'. Written in 1723 to celebrate the centenary of the Hamburg Admiralty it tackles watery subjects such as the sea deities
EarlyMusic: Scarlatti's Vocal Music 29 Sep 13
Catherine Bott looks at the vocal and choral music of Domenico Scarlatti, best known today for his 555 keyboard sonatas. Having grown up in Italy with a rather domineering opera composer as a father, it was inevitable that Scarlatti should have picked up some of his musical influences from the stage
EarlyMusic: Sound of Cinema: Farinelli 21 Sep 13
As part of the Sound of Cinema season, Catherine Bott looks at the story and the soundtrack of the 1994 film "Farinelli" - a biopic of the great 18th century castrato and his colourful relationships with women, with his older brother and with the composers Handel and Porpora.
EarlyMusic: Sound of Cinema: A-Z of Baroque at the Box Office 14 Sep 13
Catherine Bott presents a whistle-stop A-Z tour of how early music has been featured in mainstream films to both poignant and ironic effect; from Allegri and Albinoni to Zadok and Zoolander. #BBCSoundofCinema
EarlyMusic: Gesualdo 08 Sept 13
The infamous life of the Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo is full of drama, intrigue and death. Among accusations of a double murder, witchcraft and masochism stands an extraordinary body of music with its own tortured chromatic sound world. To mark the 400th anniversary of the composer's death,
EarlyMusic: Time will Tell 17 Aug 13
Singer Donald Greig has established a long career performing with groups such as the Tallis Scholars and the Orlando Consort, of which he is a founder member. Last year he wrote his first novel - Time Will Tell - which recently came out in paperback. It tells parallel stories set in the 1990s world
EarlyMusic: Jacques Arcadelt 25 Aug 13
Exploring the life of Jacques Arcadelt, one of the most mysterious, fascinating, and significant figures in 16th century music. Many biographical details of his life are sketchy; but from being born in what we now know as Belgium, in the first decade of the 16th century, Arcadelt found his way to It
EarlyMusic: Matthias Weckmann 18 Aug 13
Catherine Bott profiles the German composer and organist Matthias Weckmann, who flourished in Dresden and Hamburg during the 17th century. Weckmann was a pupil of Henirich Schütz, and the organist and composer Praetorius, and made a major contribution to the musical life in Protestant Germany.
EarlyMusic: Notre Dame 27 Apr 13
To celebrate the 850th anniversary of the first stone of Notre Dame de Paris being laid, Catherine Bott explores the beginnings of music in the great cathedral.
EarlyMusic: Dowland 04 Aug 13
The Renaissance English composer John Dowland was a prolific writer of songs accompanied by the lute, and the performance of those songs has sustained and informed the careers of many great singers and lute players over the decades. In conversation with lutenist Jacob Heringman and soprano Emma Kirk
EarlyMusic: Composer portrait: Torelli 14 Apr 13
Catherine Bott presents a programme of music by the 17th century Italian composer and virtuoso violinist, Giuseppe Torelli. Most famous for his trumpet concertos, Torelli also wrote many wonderful pieces for his own instrument and was at the forefront of the early development of the Concerto Grosso
EarlyMusic: Jacques-Martin Hotteterre 20 Jul 13
In conversation with Baroque flautist and recorder player Peter Holtslag, Lucie Skeaping celebrates the life and music of Jacques-Martin Hotteterre "Le Romain" - performer, writer and pedagogue who died 250 years ago this week and did more than any other to enhance the popularity of the "new" transv
EarlyMusic: A Day in the Life of Louis XIV 06 Jul 13
Lucie Skeaping recreates a possible day in the life of King Louis XIV. At every part of the day, musicians were on hand to entertain him, to soothe him or to trumpet his arrival. Olivier Baumont - harpsichordist and expert on French Baroque music - guides Lucie through the palace of Versailles to il
EarlyMusic: Vermeer and Music 30 Jun 13
Lucie Skeaping takes a tour of the National Gallery's new exhibition of paintings by Vermeer and his Dutch 17th-century contemporaries - every one of which depicts music-making of one kind or another - with curator Marjorie E. Wieseman, and chooses music to go with it.
EarlyMusic: Richard III
Lucie Skeaping considers the music that might have adorned the court of Richard III.
EarlyMusic: William Byrd 08 Jun 13 & 09 Jun 13
As part of Radio 3 Celebrating British Music, Catherine Bott presents a comprehensive profile of the composer William Byrd and some of his most glorious music, in conversation with conductor Andrew Carwood.
EarlyMusic: The Court of Mary, Queen of Scots 02 Jun 13
David McGuinness visits Stirling Castle and the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh, to trace the story of Mary Queen of Scots' reign, and the music which surrounded her.
EarlyMusic: The Private Musick 01 Jun 13
Celebrating British music, Lucie Skeaping samples the sounds that would have been heard in the inner circles of the English royal courts from Henry VIII to George III.
EarlyMusic: Gardens of the Villa d'Este 18 May 13
The Villa d'Este's gardens are a triumph of Baroque architecture and design. Catherine Bott travels to Tivoli to explore the many fountains there and the music connected with the gardens and the man who commissioned them: Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, patron of many composers, among them a no lesser
EarlyMusic: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg 19 May 13
Immortalised by Wagner in his famous opera, Lucie Skeaping looks back on the life and music of the real Hans Sachs and his fellow Mastersingers in 16th Century Germany.
EarlyMusic: Artist Profile - David Wulstan 11 May 13
David Wulstan is a pioneering figure in the understanding and interpretation of early music in general, and of music of the Tudor period in particular. In the 1960s and 1970s he created The Clerkes of Oxenford, and with this group of singers he worked tirelessly to produce revelatory recordings of t
EarlyMusic: Watteau and Music 04 May 13
The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels is currently running an exhibition of the 18th century French painter, Antoine Watteau's work, "underscored" by musical items chosen by the great French Early Music specialist, William Christie. No fewer than a third of Watteau's canvases depict musical scenes.
EarlyMusic: Campra - the Rebel of Notre Dame 28 Apr 13
Catherine Bott looks at the career of Andre Campra - a musical innovator, and something of a rebel at the turn of the 18th Century. His stint as Music Director of Notre Dame Cathedral was wracked with controversy, thanks to Campra's wishes to branch out into music for the theatre - a pastime which w
EarlyMusic: Renaissance Wind Music 06 Apr 13
Lucie Skeaping considers the importance of wind music in the middle ages, through the work of one of today's award-winning period ensembles, Les Haulz et les Bas.
EarlyMusic: The Treaty of Utrecht 13 Apr 13
Catherine Bott looks at music marking the ceremonial signing of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, with celebration pieces by Handel and William Croft.
EarlyMusic: Carmina Burana 07 Apr 13
Exploring the diverse music associated with the Medieval texts of the Carmina Burana. Catherine Bott considers the difficulty of turning the original manuscript into music and the variety of interpretations that have ensued.
EarlyMusic: East European Baroque 23 Mar 13
Catherine Bott looks to eastern Europe in search of some of the baroque's hidden musical riches. Including an interview with Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of the Sixteen, about the choir's new disc featuring the music of Bartlomiej Pekiel.
EarlyMusic: Monteverdi’s Operas 17 Mar 13
Catherine Bott - as part of Baroque Spring - uses the themes of gods and monsters to look at the brilliant characterisation in Monteverdi's operas. Looking specifically at L'Orfeo and L'Incoronazione di Poppea Catherine shows how Monteverdi treats works of mythological stories with very modern drama
EarlyMusic: Lully and Louis 09 Mar 13
As part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring season, Lucie Skeaping explores the relationship between King Louis XIV and his favourite composer - Jean-Baptiste Lully.
EarlyMusic: Telemann the Everyman 23 Feb 13
Exploring the idea of Telemann the Everyman: how he absorbed and excelled at so many musical styles, and purposely made his music available and appealing to the widest possible audience. Catherine Bott talks to musicologist, flautist and all-round Telemann expert Steven Zohn.
EarlyMusic: The Salve Regina 24 Feb 13
Lucie Skeaping finds out how the Marian hymn "Salve Regina" fascinated European composers throughout the Renaissance era. The original chant is itself an exquisitely beautiful melody and it inspired several generations of composers to write soaring polyphonic settings around it, including Guerrero,
EarlyMusic: The Marriage of Princess Elizabeth & Frederick V 16 Feb 13
The wedding of Princess Elizabeth Stuart and Frederick V, Elector Palatine took place in Whitehall 400 years ago this Valentine's Day. The celebrations were organised by Sir Francis Bacon, and included over a week of lavish entertainments including music by, among others, Robert Johnson, Orlando Gib
EarlyMusic: Jennens - Handel's Librettist 09 Feb 13
Catherine Bott visits the Handel House in London where Ruth Smith has curated an imaginative exhibition on the life of Handel's librettist, Charles Jennens. It was Jennens who created the libretto for Handel's Messiah, he might even have suggested the idea to Handel, and he also furnished the compos
EarlyMusic: The Other Purcell Boy 03 Feb 13
For centuries it's been widely accepted that the composer Daniel Purcell was the younger brother of the more celebrated Henry. Now, though, it's thought that they may actually have been cousins rather than brothers. Daniel Purcell's music has remained largely in the shadow of his older relative, but
EarlyMusic: Tous Les Matins du Monde 27 Jan 13
In the early 1990s the French actor Gerard Depardieu gave a brilliantly nuanced performance as the 17th/18th Century composer and viol player Marin Marais. The acclaimed film "Tous Les Matins du Monde" was one of the few movies to celebrate and popularise early music. Lucie Skeaping remembers the fi
EarlyMusic: Academy of Arcadia 13 Jan 13
Lucie Skeaping explores the Accademia di Arcadia, a literary academy founded in the late 17th Century which boasted musician members including Corelli and Scarlatti.
EarlyMusic: Baroque Instruments 12 Jan 13
Catherine Bott looks back on the story and the music of the viola d'amore - or the "love viol" - an instrument much loved in the baroque era for its distinctive tonal colours.
EarlyMusic: The Danish Court of Christian IV 29 Dec 12
King Christian IV of Denmark was a very generous patron of music, employing some 80 or so musicians - he surrounded himself with music whether he was at home, court or abroad, and nurtured native musicians and also ones imported from abroad. Catherine Bott looks at some of the composers who worked a
EarlyMusic: Trinity Carol Roll 22 Dec 12
A look at one of the earliest sources of English medieval music, the Trinity Carol Roll. Catherine Bott visits the Wren Library in Cambridge, where the manuscript is kept, and talks about the music and the significance of the collection with David Skinner who has recently recorded it all with his gr
EarlyMusic: Cristobal de Morales 15 Dec 12
Cristóbal de Morales was by all accounts a difficult man to work with, but is considered the greatest Spanish composer of his age, and the first Spanish composer of international renown. Lucie Skeaping explores his life and work.
EarlyMusic: Torquato Tasso 09 Dec 12
The Italian poet Torquato Tasso was one of the most widely read writers in 16th Century Europe. His words were set by the great composers of the day and for many centuries after his death, but he was a troubled man who suffered from mental illness and died just days before he was due to be crowned a
EarlyMusic: Music for Advent 02 Dec 12
On the first Sunday of Advent, Catherine Bott introduces a selection of early music for the Advent season. Including music from Bach, Charpentier and Praetorius and lesser known composers Vaclav Karel Holan Rovensky and Thomas Stoltzer.
EarlyMusic: Lully Lullay 18 Nov 12
Exploring the tender art of the lullaby, from ancient melody to Elizabethan song. Lucie Skeaping discovers how this most intimate of forms offers inspiration to the world of early music.