Benjamin Franklin, James Oswald, Handel Benjamin Franklin had a keen interest in music. He even tried his hand at writing some. The Kohon Quartet plays Franklin's somewhat awkward String Quartet. And we hear James Oswald's arrangements of some of the Scottish ballads he loved so well: "Joky Blythe and Gay" and "The Almond" played by members of the Philomel Baroque Orchestra. Franklin got to hear George Frideric Handel's very last public performance, so we pay tribute with Handel's Organ Concerto op. 4, #3, played by Peter Sykes and the Philomel Baroque Orchestra. And finally, a French contredanse honoring the meeting between Franklin and Voltaire in France: "La Voltaire and La Franklein," played by hammered dulcimer soloist Ginger Hildebrand.
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Benjamin Franklin, James Oswald, Handel

Benjamin Franklin, James Oswald, Handel

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Benjamin Franklin had a keen interest in music. He even tried his hand at writing some. The Kohon Quartet plays Franklin's somewhat awkward String Quartet. And we hear James Oswald's arrangements of some of the Scottish ballads he loved so well: "Joky Blythe and Gay" and "The Almond" played by members of the Philomel Baroque Orchestra. Franklin got to hear George Frideric Handel's very last public performance, so we pay tribute with Handel's Organ Concerto op. 4, #3, played by Peter Sykes and the Philomel Baroque Orchestra. And finally, a French contredanse honoring the meeting between Franklin and Voltaire in France: "La Voltaire and La Franklein," played by hammered dulcimer soloist Ginger Hildebrand.