VocaMe – Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer of the Occident

Time to review another album in my collection for my Just Listen project, and it turns out that I can double-book this one under Early Music Explorations as well.  I hadn't really intended to review another early music album quite so fast, but I pick these out at random to prevent being overwhelmed by possibility.  … Continue reading VocaMe – Kassia: Byzantine Hymns of the First Female Composer of the Occident

Ensemble Unicorn and Oni Wytars – Music of the Troubadours

This is one of those times where a blog post hits under two different project banners for this site: Early Music Explorations and Just Listen: A Musical Spotlight.  Sometimes it just works out that way.  At any rate, I picked another album at random to blog about.  Read on if you're interested. When it comes … Continue reading Ensemble Unicorn and Oni Wytars – Music of the Troubadours

Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History by Richard H. Hoppin

This is the first volume in the Norton Introduction to Music History series.  I do not have any others in this series, but I can tell you each volume in this series has accompanying recorded anthology box set. The book is from 1978.  By this point, the Early Music revival was in full swing, having … Continue reading Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History by Richard H. Hoppin

The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition by Tariq William Marshall

This book was an absolute joy. I've been fascinated with the Carmina Burana for a good portion of my life, but it was only in recent years that I've been able to better appreciate the idea of the work above and beyond Carl Orff's interpretation.  Since discovering the origin and some of the lyrics in … Continue reading The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition by Tariq William Marshall

Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321 by Aubrey Burl

The time period in question -- 1071-1321, as the book's title states -- was a time of great upheaval.  Kings and nobles vied for power and status.  England and France were at war more often than not.  The Crusades were a part of the culture, which included the Albigensian Crusade wherein the Catholic Church sent … Continue reading Courts of Love, Castles of Hate: Troubadours & Trobairitz in Southern France 1071-1321 by Aubrey Burl