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.