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Program: #04-44, Air Date: 10/25/04

NOTE: From its source in the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier in the Swiss Alps, down to Basel and along the 500 navigable miles to the north Sea, the Rhine has been a source of culture.

This week, Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia shares his stunning reconstruction of the earliest secular music of the German-speaking peoples.

This SACD recording is on Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and is CD #82876 58940.

Support for these programs comes in part from PRS, Presence
Switzerland; with additional support from Swiss Radio, Pro Helvetia, and the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C.

I. Songs of the Harp
--Felix qui potuit boni (setting from Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy).
--Caute cane, cantor care (meditation on body & soul as instruments
to praise God).
--Magnus cesar Otto (in honor of Otto I "the Great" [936-973]).
--Rota modod arte (in praise of the harp).
--David regis inclita proles (celebration of King David & all harpers).

II. The Image of the Dawn
--Cigni ("the swan"--rare instrumental piece).
--Foebus abierat (woman's song--earliest to treat her lover's ghost).
--Clangam, filii (lament of the swan).
--Phebi claro (illicit lovers fear the dawn).
--Aurea personet lira (praising the song of the nightingale).

III. Desire and Seduction

--Iam, dulcia amica, venito (song of seduction).
--Advertite, omnes populi ("Story of the Snow Child").
--O admirabile Veneris idolum (controversial song of lament
as young lover is seduced by another).
--Puella turbata ("the troubled girl").
--Suavissima nunna (dialogue between seducer & nun).

CD Info

CD #82876 58940