#3805: New Music Based on Old Music

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For this New Sounds, hear contemporary music built on much older musical structures from the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries, as well as music by 16th century composer, murderer, and Prince of Venosa, Carlo Gesualdo. Hear string arrangements of and music inspired by Gesualdo’s “harmonically advanced” spicy chromaticism by Estonian composer Erkki Sven Tüür from a recent record, simply called “Gesualdo,” after the double-murderer prince. Also, listen to arrangements for three violas of 14th century French composer-poet Guillaume de Machaut’s vocal works by Swiss composer Heinz Holliger.

Then, there’s music for viola d’amore (and its sympathetic strings) from Irish violist Garth Knox, who together with cellist Agnes Vesterman, arranges and improvises upon a Flemish song attributed to the Franco-Flemish composer Johannes Ockeghem – “Malor me bat.” Plus Bora Yoon arranges Hildegarde von Bingen’s 12th Century melody, “O viridissima virga,” and Steve Reich looks back to circa 1200 in his choral work, “Proverb” which pays homage to the music of “Magister Perotinus" ("Pérotin the Master"), pioneer of organum, or polyphonic early European church music.

PROGRAM #3805  new music based on old music (First Aired 12-02-2015)

ARTIST: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/ Tonu Kaljuste
WORK:  Erkki-Sven Tüür: L’ombra della croce, excerpt [2:00]
RECORDING: Gesualdo
SOURCE: ECM 2452
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/ Tonu Kaljuste
WORK:  Gesualdo/arr. Tuur: O crux benedicta From: Sacrarum cantionem liber primus (1603)
[4:13]
RECORDING: Gesualdo
SOURCE: ECM 2452
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/ Tonu Kaljuste
WORK:  Erkki-Sven Tüür: L’ombra della croce [6:56]
RECORDING: Gesualdo
SOURCE: ECM 2452
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Genevieve Strosser, Juerg Daehler, Muriel Cantoreggi, violas
WORK: Heinz Holliger after Machaut - Ballade IV for 3 violas [4:26]
RECORDING: Heinz Holliger: Machaut-Transkriptionen
SOURCE: ECM 2224
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Bora Yoon
WORK: O viridissima virga [10:25]
RECORDING: Sunken Cathedral
SOURCE: Innova 880
INFO: innova.mu

ARTIST: Garth Knox, viola d’amore & Agnes Westerman, cello
WORK: Knox: Malor me bat [9:21]
RECORDING: D'Amore
SOURCE: ECM 1925
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Steve Reich
WORK: Proverb, excerpt [9:24]
RECORDING: Proverb, Nagoya Marimbas, City Life
SOURCE: Nonesuch 79430
INFO: nonesuch.com