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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
Christmas carols across the centuries
A lively tune called “Branle de l’Officiel” first appears in a book of French dances written in the 1500s. Four centuries later, it was turned into a Christmas carol called "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High."
In this hour, the story behind this and other songs of Christmas—including one that began as a celebration of spring flowers, as well as the original—and very different—“Silent Night.”
November 18, 2023
December 16, 2023
November 25, 2023