Musica da Camera's Continuum

Sundays at 6 a.m.
  • Hosted by Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien

The first Continuum broadcast was in February, 1976, and was hosted by Milton Scheuermann. Thais St. Julien joined him on the second, and the two have continued to co-host the weekly program ever since. During the past 41 years, they’ve produced over 1900 programs! Continuum has been a winner of the Early Music America/Millennium of Music National Radio Competition, and received the KXMS Fine Arts Radio International Award (Classical Radio Programing with Educational Content).

In addition to presenting a variety of recorded music of the middle ages, Renaissance and Baroque from the Musica da Camera’s 4,000 CD collection, the co-hosts have interviewed a number of internationally known performers, including John Reeves White (director of the New York Pro Musica) David Munrow (director of the Early Music Consort of London), Anonymous 4, and members of the Boston Camerata, and Sequentia. The program has also featured recordings of live early music concerts of both Musica da Camera and guest artists.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present the two most important medieval song cycles — The Llibre Vermell of Monserrat and the Cantigas de Amigo of Martin Codax.

The Llibre Vermell (Red Book, so called because of its red velvet binding in the library of the monastery of Monserrat in Catalonia, Spain) is a collection of ten anonymous pilgrims' songs of the 14th Century.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present music from the first music publication of the Italian printer, Ottaviano dei Petrucci (1466-1530), who was the first to publish in 1501 a collection of music of the period  printed using movable type.

Included are chansons, frottole, popular Italian dances & sacred music from that printed collection.

This week on Continnum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present music of "Olde England". Usually one thinks that early English music was all merry and joyous. Not so. And performances by three different early music ensembles will prove it.

You'll hear The King's Noyse, The Baltimore Consort, and The Hilliard Ensemble performing this music. So, tune in and listen to a cross-section of the music of "Olde" England.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present early music performed in "diminuito" style which refers to the Renaissance practice of embellishing a melody through improvisation, much as a jazz group might do today. Renaissance musicians improvised tunes familiar to audiences of the time.

The CD is Diminuito (Rolf Lislevand Ensemble) ECM New Series 2088 80013355-02

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a program of early music featuring four CDs whose names begin with "La".

No, they're not all CDs of vocal music, but a conglomeration of early music from various sources featuring various ensembles. The CDs used
are: La Folia (Jordi Savall et al) Alia Vox AV9805; La Messe des Fous (Barry Harward Consort) BNL BNL112746; La Dolce Vita (King's Singers & Tragicomedia) EMI CDC 7 54191 2; and La Bele Marie (Anonymous 4) Harmonia Mundi HMU 907312.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present early music of the Ars Subtilior (more subtle art). This is a musical style characterized by rhythmic and notational complexity, centered in Paris, Avignon in southern France, also in northern Spain at the end of the fourteenth century.

Performers include Ensemble Organum, The Orlando Consort, and The Huelgas Ensemble. The music is from the CD Harmonia Mundi - Century 7, from the ten CD set of Early Music on the Harmonia Mundi label.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present examples of the first forms of polyphony, music composed for two or more melodies performed at the same time. Various examples are presented, including 12th Century Polyphony in Aquitaine, music from the 12th century School of Notre Dame, hockets from the 13th century Bamberg Manuscript, and motets from the 13th century Montpellier Codex.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present music from the collection of over 300 dances by the German composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621).

He published these under the name "Terpsichore", after the Greek Muse of the Dance. Included also are a few dances by the English contemporary of Praetorius, composer William Brade (1560-1630). The Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance Orchestra performs under the direction of Skip Sempe.

The CD is: Terpsichore, Paradizo PA0011.

This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a brand new recording by New Orleans born Skip Sempe, directing his Paris based Capriccio Stravagante and also the Collegium Vocale of Gent. The music is the Requiem Mass of Baroque composer Jean Gilles (1668-1705).

This music was performed at the funeral of famous Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, on 27 September 1764, 250 years ago. Rameau was one of the most famous of the French Baroque composers as well as a recognized music theorist of his time.

This week on Continnum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a live recording of the concert by New Orleans Musica da Camera, Jongleur, Jester, Trickster, performed on 25 March 2012 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from their CD of the same name (Belle Alliance BA 006).

There's also a closing Estampie dance by New York's Ensemble for Early Music from the CD, Istanpitta II  (Lyrichord EMS 8022).

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