WFIT Features

With the coming of the Renaissance, a new kind of music was coming into vogue in many of the countries of Europe.

It was coming out of the churches and out of the royal courts. It was a secular music that anyone could enjoy if they had an opportunity to hear it --- or play it. Some of it was what we would today call folk music.

We'll look at some of the Renaissance music of France in the first half of this week's program.

Then, staying in France, we'll bump things up a few centuries with music of Hector Berlioz and Albert Alain.

Welcome to a week of World Cafe "Side Tracks," where we look back on past guests that came in for a session — not with their best-known band, but with a side project. In each session, we speak to the artists about juggling both acts and the origin story of their "other band." Stream the complete sessions below.

We're going to feature some organ music of J.S. Bach played by Dr. Albert Schweitzer this week.

The physician, humanitarian, theologian, founder of the hospital that bears his name in tropical Africa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and anti-nuclear-weapon activist was also a Bach scholar who wrote a two-volume biography of the composer and co-edited a collection of his music early in the last century.

Mr. Z’s Top Blues Albums for 2015 (in no particular order)

Artist - Album - Label

Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This - Reference Recordings

It must be a universal parents' experience to scratch their heads and wonder (or complain) about "kids' music nowadays."

At least six of Johann Sebastian Bach's kids pursued music as their life work, but they didn't particularly follow in their father's footsteps.

We'll hear three pieces by three different Bachs this week -- all very different.

We don't know what dad made of this. See what you think.

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