Today in our programme From the Library… we begin a short series featuring the work of British composers: and no-one could be regarded as more ‘British’ than Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934). This year is the 150th anniversary of his birth.
We will be playing a selection of his works, some well-known – such as the Pomp and Circumstance Marches – and some much more seldom heard, including the Nursery Suite, which British listeners with long memories might possibly remember as being played on commercial television on 1960s afternoons between Schools programmes.
Included in the programme today is a performance of the latter conducted by Sir Edward himself. You will also hear the magnificent Enigma Variations – the original theme to which remains a mystery to this day – and a wide selection of other works by the composer.
• This programme is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and presented by Elrik Merlin. For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.
• You can listen to the programme now at http://music.radioriel.org, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.