Little Known Treasures of Early Music for Easter

kiehrI just finished my special, very private holiday dinner and was sitting at my desk sifting through the CD’s  for this Easter Sunday, April  05 , 2014 – from 10:00am – 1:00pm –  early music special on WPRB, 103.3FM, Princeton, NJ

One of my favorite activity is listening to all the moving and beautiful lesser known works and sharing them with listeners on my weekly and occasional special programs.

Yes, this Easter Sunday is special and Jeannie, host of Sunday Jazz is taking a break to spend time with her family. As before, I will devote this time to music for Easter and to the days preceding it.

If you never listened  to my early music programs you will find out that the most works are a bit off the beaten track. You will not find here J.S. Bach, Vivaldi or Handel even though I love all of them.

Some of the works you will hear have interesting stories behind them, for example the totally forgotten Miserere of Tommaso Bai which was paired with the famous Allegri work during his lifetime.

To give you some idea, here is a list of some of the works which will be presented in “Little Known Treasures of Early Music for Easter”
Missa Resurrectionis by Italian composer, Antonio Bertali (1605-1669)
Missa Resurructio Christi by Italian composer, Andrea Rota (1593-1597)

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Missa Crux Fidelis by Spanish composer, Sebastian de Vivanco (c.1551-1622)
Miserere in C minor by Czech composer, Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745)

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Miserere  by Italian composer, Tommaso Bai (16501714 )

Stabat Mater by English composer, John Browne (fl. ca. 1490)
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by Italian composer, Gaetano Veneziano  (1656-1716)
and more

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Classical Discoveries airs each Wednesday on WPRB at 103.3 FM Princeton or on-line at www.wprb.com

If you cannot listen the day of the broadcast,  you can listen to the archives for over two weeks after each show at: http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/index_music.html

and yes, next Sunday from 1:00 till 3:00pm I will be presenting another special: MUSIC FOR ORTHODOX EASTER

 

Easter Idles

I promised everyone that I will write blog about my take on Hovhaness Centennial and here, I failed again due to lack of time. Somehow I think Hovhaness will have to wait until my summer vacation.

Respect every religion – George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

Well, school duties are more important and even though the scholarship competition I coordinated is over, I still have much catching up to do.

I am really looking forward to this week’s holiday break and hope to listen to some wonderful music that piled up on my desk during the last two months of hard preparation for the competition.

Now, I can’t wait to be a bit lazy in home as well as to present my radio special, the fourth annual Sacred Bridges. My blog last year explained the origins of the program, so I can be very brief.

G.I.Gurdjieff’s music – No 40 “Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble”

George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

This year I will be including several works by the controversial Greek-Armenian traveler, mystic and composer George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff who said the following:

  • Conscious faith is freedom. Emotional faith is slavery. Mechanical faith is foolishness.
  • Here there are neither Russians nor English, Jews nor Christians, but only those who pursue one aim – to be able to be.
  • RELIGION IS DOING; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy. Whether he likes it or not he shows his attitude towards religion by his actions and he can show his attitude only by his actions. Therefore if his actions are opposed to those which are demanded by a given religion he cannot assert that he belongs to that religion.

“Meetings With Remarkable Men” Dance scene

To hear Sacred Bridges tune to WPRB this Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 5:30am till 11:00am and the Avant-Guard Edition will continue till 1:00pm.

Gurdjieff Sacred Dance – Ho Yah

For early music lovers I will also be presenting  “Little known Treasures of Early Music for Easter”.  This will be happening on Easter Sunday April 8, at 10:00am through 1:00pm.

Hope you will be able to join me for both special holiday programs. You will find more details about each program on my website 2 days before each show.

If you are not able listen to the broadcast, you always can go to http://www.classicaldiscoveries.org/index_music and listen to both programs at your convenience within two weeks after the file is posted.

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