#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)





Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/ Tonu Kaljuste


Erkki-Sven Tüür: L’ombra della croce, excerpt [2:00]
Gesualdo/arr. Tuur: O crux benedicta From: Sacrarum cantionem liber primus (1603)
Erkki-Sven Tüür: L’ombra della croce [6:56]

ECM 2452

Genevieve Strosser, Juerg Daehler, Muriel Cantoreggi, violas

Heinz Holliger: Machaut-Transkriptionen

Geneviève Strosser, Jürg Dähler, Muriel Cantoreggi, The Hilliard Ensemble


Heinz Holliger after Machaut - Ballade IV for 3 violas [4:26]

ECM 2224

Bora Yoon

Sunken Cathedral

O viridissima virga [10:25]

Innova 880

Garth Knox, viola d’amore & Agnes Westerman, cello

D' Amore

Knox: Malor me bat [9:21]

ECM 1925

Steve Reich

Proverb, Nagoya Marimbas, City Life

Proverb, excerpt [9:24]

Nonesuch 79430