Classic FM's Fast And Friendly Guide To Early Music

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Classic FM collection: Early & Renaissance: 1400 to 1600 artwork

Classic FM collection: Early & Renaissance: 1400 to 1600 Various artists: 1400 to 1600 Ensemble: The Sixteen; Gabrieli Consort; The Consort of Musicke and more

Classic FM collection: Baroque: 1600 to 1750 artwork

Classic FM collection: Baroque: 1600 to 1750 30 tracks - £6.99 Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Academy of Ancient Music and more Soloists: Janine Jansen; Elin Manahan Thomas; Andreas Scholl; Daniel Hope and more

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Oldest song melody. Hurrian hymn

This is the oldest melody in existence - and it's utterly enchanting

Árstíðir Icelandic hymn

This 800-year-old Icelandic hymn sung in a train station is utterly haunting

Alexandra Stevenson St Mary's

Gregorian chant in an 11th Century Anglo-Saxon church tower is just breathtaking

Saint Kassia of Constantinople, 1990s. Artist: Kis

Listen to the music of the first female composer: Kassia a 9th-century Byzantine abbess

Sumer is icumen in

Listen to the oldest English song, ‘Sumer is icumen in’

Song of Seikilos

The oldest complete composition in the world is utterly heart-breaking

Oldest flute

This 40,000-year-old flute sounds truly haunting and otherworldly

Early music composers