Sunday Baroque

Sunday Baroque allows you an opportunity each week to explore Baroque and early music (written before 1750). Composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel were the cornerstones of this era, with masterpieces including the Water Music, Royal Fireworks Music, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Sunday Baroque celebrates the current wealth of recorded repertoire available, with great performances by yesterday's and today's best performers.


Broadcast Schedule

Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


This week on Sunday Baroque

Sunday Baroque Listings: July 20 , 2014: Georg Philipp Telemann
Sunday Baroque Listings: July 20 , 2014
Sunday Baroque Listings: July 20 , 2014

Hour 1:

The Wayward Sisters is a quartet of young musicians who formed their group in 2009. Their de-but recording – THE BROKEN CONSORT – was released earlier this year. On the other end of the spectrum, Arion Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1981. They ALSO have a new recording called HIDDEN TREASURES OF ITALY. These are just two of the new releases you can audition for yourself on Sunday Baroque this weekend.

Hour 2:

In the 18th century, if you wanted to hear light and entertaining music you’d listen to a DIVER-TIMENTO – music for diversion. These days, when you want light and lively music to entertain you can listen to Sunday Baroque. A Divertimento by Georg Philipp Telemann provides one of many welcome diversions this weekend on Sunday Baroque.

Hour 3:

According to legend, musician Thomas Arne was a practical joker. Arne’s father was an uphol-sterer, coffin maker and undertaker. When his violin teacher arrived to give him a lesson one day, Thomas was practicing with his music propped up on a casket. The teacher commented that he’d be afraid there was a body inside, and Thomas opened the lid and said, “There IS!” You’ll hear music by Thomas Arne on Sunday Baroque this weekend – no kidding!

Hour 4:

In the baroque era, patrons made it possible for composers to survive AND influenced the kinds of music they wrote. For example, King Louis the 14th and his decadent lifestyle were celebrated in his court musicians’ works, while another musician composed a motet for a new Pope, who just happened to be the composer’s former student! Thanks to YOUR support of this station, you’ll hear their work on Sunday Baroque this weekend.

July 20, 2014 On Classical WSMR 89.1

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