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Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution: A New Employer and Terpsichore

Donald Macleod focuses on the years Praetorius spent at the Dresden court as acting director of music, and the composition of his most famous work: Terpsichore.

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of the most revered composers of his age, Michael Praetorius - a key figure in the music of the Reformation. As today's episode begins, Praetorius has just suffered the death of his friend and employer Duke Heinrich Julius. Donald focuses on the years Praetorius spent at the Dresden court in mourning as acting director of music, and the composition of his most famous work - Terpsichore

Terpsichore - Volte CCXXXII a 4
Ricercare Ensemble fur Alte Musik, Zurich

Missodia - Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus Dei
Weser-Renaissance Bremen
Manfred Cordes (conductor)

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Musica Fiata
La Capella Ducale
Roland Wilson (conductor)

Terpsichore - Bransle de villages; Philou; La Canair; The old Spagnoletta; Stil, stil een Reys
Ricercare Ensemble fur Alte Musik, Zurich

Terpsichore - Bransles de Poictu (II/1, 3); Branse double
Capriccio Stravagante
Skip Sempe (conductor)

Terpsichore - Volte I
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Terpsichore - Ballet des feus
Triton Trombone Quartet

Terpsichore - Gavotte - La Bouree
Cincinnati Wind Orchestra

In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr
Musica Fiata
La Capella Ducale
Roland Wilson (conductor)

Producer: Sam Phillips

Part of Radio 3's Breaking Free series of programmes exploring Martin Luther's Revolution.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Michael Praetorius

    Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus Dei - Missodia (1611)

    Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance Bremen. Conductor: Manfred Cordes.
    • CPO: 9999532.
    • 2.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Polyhymnia Caduceatrix

    Choir: La Capella Ducale. Orchestra: Musica Fiata. Director: Roland Wilson.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : S2K 62-929.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 1.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Spagnoletta (Terpsichore) no.27 (extracts)

    Ensemble: Zurich Ricercare Ensemble. Director: Michel Piguet.
    • PRAETORIUS, Michael: Ballet (Terpsichore Nos.248 & 250).
    • EMI.
    • 13.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Bransles de Poictu (II/1, 3) and Branse double

    Ensemble: Capriccio Stravagante. Conductor: Skip Sempé.
    • PARADIZO: PA0011.
    • 11.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Volte I

    Ensemble: The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
    • Delos: DE3132.
    • Delos.
    • 10.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Ballet des feus

    Ensemble: Triton Trombone Quartet.
    • BIS: BISCD604.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Michael Praetorius

    La Bouree (Terpsichore) No.32

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Wind Orchestra.
    • KLAVIER: KCD-11058.
    • KLAVIER.
    • 11.
  • Michael Praetorius

    In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr -Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica 1619

    Choir: La Capella Ducale. Orchestra: Musica Fiata. Director: Roland Wilson.
    • SONY CLASSICAL: S2K62929.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 8.

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