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It's a program of French Ancients and Moderns this week in the attic.

We'll go back to some of the oldest music we have, written a millennium ago and continue through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Then -- for something completely different -- we'll switch to some French music of the 20th century by Debussy, Poulenc and Messaien.

A chacun son gout!

Among Mozart's choral works, there are three masses that are masterpieces beyond question -- even though two of them, the Requiem and the Great C minor, were left unfinished. We'll hear the other one, the Coronation Mass in C major this week.

It’s Mardi Gras time.  Get out your white hanky and get ready to strut to some New Orleans Music.  Join us, Jeanne Kelly and Sister Mary, for that special second line beat on Fat Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

7:00 p.m. on WFIT 89.5 FM and streaming live at WFIT.org

The Renaissance gave us lots of religious and ceremonial music intended to uplift the spirit.

This week we ignore all of that and focus on the banquet halls, taverns and bawdy houses of England.

Music of the hedonists helped keep Merrie Olde England -- if not merrie -- at least distracted from the travails of life in difficult times.

Maybe it was a comet or an eclipse or something in the water.

Four contemporaries, working in four cities, completely apart, were all born within 25 months of each other, and these four came to define the style of the 18th century High Baroque. Yet their music is quite unalike.

We've got music of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, and Rameau this week.

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