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
The only thing more fun than talking to Shannon Powell is listening to him play. Powell is one of the most charismatic drummers to ever grace a stage. His secret? “I’m happy,” Powell tells Music Inside Out. “I was a happy child. I’m a happy spirit.”
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.
Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.
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.
From the earliest days of motion pictures, music has played a crucial role in setting the mood for movies. Just take a look at the clip (above) of the final moments of Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film “Modern Times.”
It’s hard to imagine that scene without the song “Smile.”
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.