Medieval & Renaissance Studies Center
About Harmonia Early Music
Harmonia is a weekly one-hour radio program, podcast and blog that takes listeners back in history to the cathedrals, fairs, and stages of the past, teaching listeners about history as documented by musicians of the periods.
Through brilliant performances by today’s early music artists and insightful commentary, listeners experience the richness of early music history and culture. From the sublime realm of Chant to the passion of an Italian Baroque violin sonata, Harmonia casts new light on the music of the distant past.
Harmonia is a production of WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, Indiana, drawing on resources from the Indiana University School of Music’s world-renowned Early Music Institute, and Indiana University’s Thomas Binkley Archive of Early Music Recordings.
Additional technical support from KOHM at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
WFIU launched Harmonia in October 1991 and national syndication began in 1995, with over 80 stations signing on in the first week. By 2000, Harmonia could be heard on over 150 public radio stations nationwide.
Written and hosted by Angela Mariani since 1991, Harmonia has since welcomed additional writers. In 1997, the Harmonia educational website was launched. Today, the program is offered nationally through radio, and globally through the Harmonia website, blog and free weekly podcasts.
Material is created for educational purposes to scholars and learning institutions.
Our theme music is “La Prime Estampie Royal,” performed by Ensemble Alcatraz on the album Danse Royale. Buy from Amazon »
Harmonia is brought to you in part by the generous support of WFIU listeners and our corporate supporters. Please consider making a small contribution to help us keep bringing the program to you each week, or if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact us.
Questions or Comments?
We love to hear from our listeners. If you have a question, comment, recipe to share or a suggestion for a future program please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know what’s on your mind.
Information For Stations
Harmonia is available to public, community, commercial, and Internet radio stations worldwide and is distributed via convenient ftp downloads. For more information about carrying Harmonia, please contact us.