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The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity. But it is also the name of an outstanding early music ensemble from Austria.

This week on Continuum you'll hear music from three of the Unicorn Ensemble's CDs, including the Cantigas de Santa Maia of Alfonso X and the 12th century Carmina Burana. CDs used are Alfonso X, Cantigas de Santa Maria - Naxos 8.553133; Carmina Burana - Naxos 8.554837; and Chominciamento di Gioia - Naxos 8.553131

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Music Inside Out

As a child, Jason Marsalis watched old television shows as much for the music as for anything the characters were doing onscreen.

“I became a big fan of reruns of the tv show, The Monkees,” he tells Gwen. “My father thought it was just hilarious that I was into this. But when I look back on it, that was music from the 1960s.”

Continuum this week will present part two of a program devoted to music from Ottaviano Petrucci's historic music publication, "Harmonice Musices Odehcaton," the first printed sheet music document, published in 1501.

The performers will be New York Pro Musica and the ensemble Fretwork. CDs used are: Petrucci - The First Printer of Music (New York Pro Musica) - copy of LP Decca Records DL 79435 and Harmonice Musices Odehcaton (Fretwork) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907291.

Music Inside Out

At their best, pop songs conjure exactly what it’s like to be young. The stories are often simple. But they’re not so easy to write.The best pop songs take on the same themes as a great epic poem or a Wagnerian opera. Pop is about the loss of innocence.

Caleb Elliott is a singer-songwriter in Lafayette, Louisiana whose debut pop album is called, Where You Wanna Be. (Check out the video for “Speaking Of.”) He’s new to pop music, but as a classical cellist Caleb Elliott has already played Carnegie Hall.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the 4th annual Birdfoot Festival gets underway. Chamber music will fill venues across the city. The festival will also mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Waterlines: A Hymn for New Orleans, a musical journey incorporating spoken word and poetry.

Then, the New Orleans Opera Association is launching a youth vocal competition targeting sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across Louisiana.

And, Central City remembers favorite son and nationally acclaimed sculptor Jeffrey Cook with an exhibition and reception.

Continuum this week will present a program of dances from medieval times to the present performed by a wandering minstrel ensemble called "Wolgemut."

The name is from an old German word meaning "being in a good mood." All of the dances feature early instruments such as bagpipes, rauschpfeife, recorders and medieval drums and percussion. The recording used is Danza - GEMA w-cd 003.

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Since the debate over the noise ordinance came to a standstill last April, live music advocates and neighborhood groups are stuck with an unlikely piece of legislation to deal with sound in the city:  zoning.

It’s early evening on Frenchmen Street, and the doors of this bar are wide open. Tourists are drifting in and out, and the music is free. It’s also illegal.

On Continuum this week will be a special program devoted the Gregorian Chant, from a ten-CD set of the History of Music.

Specifically, this volume covers musical Europe in the era of Gregorian unification. Performers included Anonymous 4, The Deller Consort, Ensemble Organum, and The Theatre of Voices.

The recording used is Harmonia Mundi Volume 3 of the Century Collection (no catalog number given).

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For immersive music and sound experiences, New Orleans offers any number of clubs and festivals. There’s also The Music Box. It’s a collection of eccentric little houses, each one a sort of musical instrument.

This roving village will be at its City Park installation through Sunday, May 10 (this Mother's Day weekend) with performances conducted by Arto Lindsay the evenings of May 8 and 9. It’s the creation of art collective New Orleans Airlift.

This week on Continuum you'll hear two very different performances of the earliest known song cycle, Cantigas de Amigo, by the mid 13th century composer Martin Codax.

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