Calliope (Renaissance band)

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Origin New York City
Genres Renaissance music, Modern music
Labels Nonesuch
  • Lucy Bardo
  • Lawrence Benz
  • Allan Dean
  • Ben Harms

Calliope is a New York City-based band which plays Renaissance music and modern music using early musical instruments, such as the sackbut, shawm, viol, and the hurdy-gurdy.[1]

Calliope won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1975.[2][3] The band performed at the 1977 U.S. Presidential inauguration[4] and later contributed to the soundtrack for R O Blechman's 1978 PBS holiday special Simple Gifts. The band released three albums: Calliope Dances: A Renaissance Revel (Nonesuch,[5] 1982); Calliope Festival (Nonesuch, 1984); and Diversions (Summit, 1990). The band recorded Peter Schickele's composition Bestiary in 1984.



  1. ^ Page, Tim (15 November 1983). "Schickele's 'Bestiary' With Calliope Band". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Calliope To Offer Concert". Reading Eagle. 1977-07-31. p. 68. They won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1975.
  3. ^ "The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation - Previous Winners". The Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  4. ^ Library of Congress recording record
  5. ^ Johnson, Lawrence B. (1982-12-24). "Classical Delights Bid For Holiday Green". The Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 17. Digital stereo sound provides Calliope with a rewarding balance between spaciousness and detail (Nonesuch)