Britta Simon has been co-hosting “Early Music Northwest” on KBCS since Spring 2011. She holds a master’s degree in Medieval Latin and Medieval German from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and a PhD from University of Washington where she wrote her dissertation on the medieval German heroic epic “The Nibelungenlied”. Simon’s interest in medieval music includes early polyphony in medieval Western liturgical music and the development of secular musical forms in Cathedral Schools.
In her broadcasts, Simon likes to present topics in medieval history, literature and philosophy as they relate to medieval music. Past broadcasts included topics such as “Andreas Capellanus’ Art of Courtly Love and Medieval Love Songs”, “Legends and Music of Saint Nicholas”, “Life and Music of Guillaume de Machaut”, “The Medieval Motet”, and “Early Polyphonic Masses”.
For listeners interested in getting acquainted with medieval philosophy and reasoning while enjoying excellent storytelling, Simon recommends Umberto Eco’s novel The Name of the Rose.