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The Symphonie

Lucie Skeaping on the history of the symphonie, focusing on hurdy-gurdys, spinets and virginals, a tale that the dulcimer is as old as the Bible, plus overtures and interludes.

The Early Music discovers the origins of Symphony, as part of Radio 3's month long celebration.
We all know what is now called a Symphony, but the term has had many varied uses. Lucie Skeaping tracks down the origins of the Symphonie and encounters medieval hurdy-gurdys, spinets and virginals, a tale that the dulcimer is as old as the Bible and a royal wedding, not to mention a whole host of overtures, interludes, sonatas, canzonas and concertos.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 5 Nov 2011 13:00

Music Played

  • Georg Christoph Wagenseil

    Symphony in C major, WV351

    Performers: L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, Michi Gaigg (conductor)

    • CPO 999 450-2.
  • Anon.

    Anon. - Edi be thu, heven-queenë

    Performers: Sequentia (with Symphonia: Hurdy Gurdy (12th C))

  • Giles Farnaby

    The old Spagnoletta

    Performers: Martha Gmunder (Spinet)

    • EMI CDM7631442.
  • John Bull

    Galliard [d]

    Performers: Gary Cooper (Virginals)

    • Dervorguilla DRVCD106.
  • Trad

    Devil's Dream (tune from Playford's Dancing Master)

    Performers: Jim Couza (Dulcimer)

  • Cristofano Malvezzi

    Sinfonia a 5 from Intermedio II for La Pelegrina

    Performers: Taverner Consort/ Andrew Parrott

    • EMI CDC7479982.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Surrexit Christus a 11 from Symphonie Sacrae II

    Performers: The Taverner Choir/ London Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble/ Andrew Parrott

    • OISEAU LYRE 4368602.
  • Lodovico Grossi da Viadana

    La Romana from Sinfonia Musicali, Op 18

    Performers: Symposium Musicum Pragense

    • KOCH 3-1620-2.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Sinfonia from Griselda

    Performers: Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin/ René Jacobs

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 801805.07.
  • Giuseppe Torelli


    Performers: Sandro Verzari/ Ensemble Seicentonovecento (dir. Flavio Colusso)

    • BONGIOVANNI GB1000082.
  • Johann Stamitz

    Sinfonia Pastorale in D, Op.4 No.2

    Performers: Northern Chamber Orchestra/ Nicholas Ward

    • NAXOS 8.554447.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony 18 (3rd movement)

    Performers: The Hanover Band/ Roy Goodman

    • Hyperion CDA 66533.