Feminine Fusion

August 13, 2017: Elemental Music: Fire


“O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” – Shakespeare


Fire is inspirational, and this episode looks at several different ways in which that inspiration is expressed.  We’ll listen to music ranging from the Medieval to the present, from the “Fire of Creation” in the visions of Hildegard of Bingen, to a “Fire and Blood” performance from Ida Kavafian.


“Elemental Music: Fire”

Manuel de Falla: Danza Ritual del Fuego (Ritual Fire Dance)
Katia & Marielle Labèque
Philips 438938

Hildegard of Bingen: Vision 1: The Fire of Creation
Anonymous 4
“The Origin of Fire”
Harmonia Mundi 807327

Jennifer HigdonSummer Shimmers
Susan Glaser, flute; Lark Chamber Artists
“Summer Shimmers”
Koch International Classics 7730

Libby Larsen:  Deep Summer Music
Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor
“Deep Summer Music/Solo Symphony/Marimba Concerto: After Hampton”
Koch International Classics 7520

Michael Daugherty:  Fire and Blood
Ida Kavafian, violin
Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Järvi, conductor
“Fire & Blood/MotorCity Triptych/Raise the Roof”
Naxos 559372



Run time: 58′ 49″

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.

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