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Music for the End of Time

From: WFIU
Series: Harmonia Early Music
Length: 59:00

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An hour-long program of early music. It's the end of the world as we know it! We'll hear movements from a mass for the end of time, sample 9th-century Frankish music on similar apocalyptic themes, and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung. Read the full description.

739_ragnar_k_by_doepler-cropped_small It's the end of the world as we know it!  We'll hear movements from a mass for the end of time, sample 9th-century Frankish music on similar apocalyptic themes, and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung.

According to Reuters, one in 10 people worldwide believe the end of the world could happen in 2012, as signified by the end of the Mayan calendar.  With that in mind, it's fascinating to read the images of Armageddon and apocalypse that were written at the turn of the year 1000, and to think about how similar they are, in some ways, to our 21st century visions of the end of the world . . . and to think about the fact that many conflagrations that trouble our imaginations now are created by the hand of humanity-global warming, for example-rather than divine intervention, although that plays into our Millennial visions as well.

People in medieval Europe lived in anticipation of the apocalypse, and on this edition of Harmonia we'll explore some medieval music on this theme from two separate recordings and hear some early organum. Plus Ensemble Organum sings a Requiem Mass attributed to both Antoine de Févin and Antonius Divitis on our featured release.

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Piece Description

It's the end of the world as we know it!  We'll hear movements from a mass for the end of time, sample 9th-century Frankish music on similar apocalyptic themes, and explore some of the earliest polyphony ever sung.

According to Reuters, one in 10 people worldwide believe the end of the world could happen in 2012, as signified by the end of the Mayan calendar.  With that in mind, it's fascinating to read the images of Armageddon and apocalypse that were written at the turn of the year 1000, and to think about how similar they are, in some ways, to our 21st century visions of the end of the world . . . and to think about the fact that many conflagrations that trouble our imaginations now are created by the hand of humanity-global warming, for example-rather than divine intervention, although that plays into our Millennial visions as well.

People in medieval Europe lived in anticipation of the apocalypse, and on this edition of Harmonia we'll explore some medieval music on this theme from two separate recordings and hear some early organum. Plus Ensemble Organum sings a Requiem Mass attributed to both Antoine de Févin and Antonius Divitis on our featured release.

Transcript

PLAYLIST

Time Capsule Music Bed:
Kerstin Frödin, recorder
Works of Sandström, Broman, Hotteterre, Blavet, Telemann, and Shinohara
KMH (1999)
Anonymous
Tr. 1: Belicha (excerpt)

Music and Chants from the Time of Joan of Arc
Ensemble Amadis
Editions Jade/Milan Records 2006 B001ESDLL2 / B0024NL99W
Guillaume Dufay (c. 1397-1474)
Tr. 2 - Ma belle dame souveraine (excerpt)

Program Topic A:
1000: A Mass for the End of Time
Anonymous 4
harmonia mundi 907224 B00004UFGW
T.1: Judicii Signum: (6:09)

:29 Floating Break Music Bed: Anonymous, Isabella, Mala Punica

Topic B:
Fragments for the End of Time
Sequentia
Raum Klang 2009 B001OSC4ME
Anonymous (Frankish sequence, 9th c.)
Tr. 1 - Fortis atque amara (3'37")
Tr. 9 - Scalam ad caelos (3'28")

1000: A Mass for the End of Time
Anonymous 4
harmonia mundi 907224 B00004UFGW
T.12: Lection: Apocalypse 21:1-5 (2:39)
T.14: Hymn: Cives celestis patrie...
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Timing and Cues

ACCUM TIME:
00:00 Segment 1: Program Intro
Incue: Theme Music
01:00 Segment 2: Optional Cutaway for News
06:00 Segment 3
14:37 [8:37 into file SEG 3] FLOATING BREAK (:29 music bed)
Outcue: "... all week long on Twitter. Just search for Harmonia Early Music."
32:35 Segment 4: MIDPOINT BREAK (:59 music bed)
Outcue: "...I'm Angela Mariani."
33:35 Segment 5
44:27 [10:52 into file SEG 5] FLOATING BREAK (:29 music bed)
Outcue: "... archived episodes, playlists, and podcasts at harmonia early music dot org."
59:00 End Program
Outcue: "...for the next edition of Harmonia." (Theme Music)

Related Website

http://indianapublicmedia.org/harmonia/music-time/