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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Árstíðir Icelandic hymn

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

Saint Kassia of Constantinople, 1990s. Artist: Kis

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

Oldest song melody. Hurrian hymn

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

Alexandra Stevenson St Mary's

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

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