Airs Friday, December 28 at 12:00 noon
Please join host Peter Van De Graaff as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Michael Praetorius, Thomas Ravenscroft, Elizabeth Poston, Stephen Paulus, Herbert Howells, J Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Peter Cornelius, among others. Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration. Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion. Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.
Diverse in nationality, temporality and musical style, the stories the pieces in this program tell are nonetheless similar in their message. Many are related to the Christmas narrative, shedding light on different facets of the tale, while others offer a timely reminder that the wonder and awe the season inspires can last the entire year. Although the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ is the dominant theme, it isn’t the only one at work in this program. Different nationalities, perspectives and styles are reconciled through the power of music, and glorious harmony is clearly the result. What better way to celebrate the holiday season?