In today’s programme of Early Music, we feature music of the Renaissance from across Western Europe, from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. You’ll be hearing both “loud” and “soft” bands — the former including brass instruments such as the sackbutt
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From the Library: The Early Music Show

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 6 July, 2009

In today’s programme of Early Music, we feature music of the Renaissance from across Western Europe, from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

You’ll be hearing both “loud” and “soft” bands — the former including brass instruments such as the sackbutt (a proto-trombone), shawm (a wooden reed instrument that is the predecessor of the oboe, brought to Europe from the Arab lands), rauschpfeife (an astonishingly loud capped-reed instrument in which, like a bagpipe chanter, the reed is enclosed and never touches the lips, in contrast to the shawm) and various forms of percussion, usually heard outdoors – not to mention bagpipes; while the latter includes quieter indoor instruments like the crumhorn, recorders, various stringed instruments and occasional keyboards.

In this programme we will be including authentic renditions of Early Music by some of the masters of the field, such as the late David Munrow, Ulsamer Collegium and Musica Reservata, covering both sacred and secular music. We will be including an extensive selection of music by Michael Praetorius from his vast Terpsichore dance collection, played by several different artists.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at http://music.radioriel.org. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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