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.
We talk to three soul singers from the formative era of the mid-1950s through Motown of the late-60s and an all-female New Orleans brass band. Justine "Baby" Washington talks about growing up in Harlem and her hits "The Times," "Nobody Cares," and "That's How Heartaches Are Made." Maxine Brown started as teenager in NYC singing with gospel groups.
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.”
Time for some "Fire on the Bayou" at a rare reunion of New Orleans' funk jam band and studio wizards, The Meters on stage at the Howlin' Wolf. Then Drive-By Truckers bring their poetic and critical style of Southern rock a la Muscle Shoals, Alabama to New Orleans' historic Civic Theatre.
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.
From the heart of French Louisiana to the streets of New York, American Routes is mixing it up this week with two giants of their genres. We visit with jazz great Dr. Lonnie Smith, whose mastery of the music is synonymous with his ever-present Hammond B3 organ. We drop down deep in the pocket with Lonnie, and get keyed in to the past and present of soul and jazz. And out on the Cajun and Creole prairies we drop in on zydeco accordionist and Grammy award winner Terrance Simien.
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.
After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.
Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.
You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.