“When I compose a From the Library programme,” says Elrik Merlin, “I usually decide on a central theme – often genre-related – and carefully select the pieces to include in it. This technique obviously includes everything I think of, but
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From the Library — Water Musics

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 26 May, 2008

When I compose a From the Library programme,” says Elrik Merlin, “I usually decide on a central theme – often genre-related – and carefully select the pieces to include in it. This technique obviously includes everything I think of, but often excludes serendipity and pieces of music I just can’t remember. So why not choose a theme and simply search my library for instances of that theme, literally and figuratively, and see what comes up?”

And that’s how today’s programme was put together. The theme is ‘Water’ and the selections that came up are extraordinarily diverse, from traditional and modern songs of the sea, of ships, and of those who sail in them; to pieces written to evoke rivers and lakes; to items where the water is only imaginary, such as a series of compositions about a voyage to the Moon in a sailing ship, and Karl Jenkins’s Imagined Oceans. The styles are equally eclectic, ranging from folk to light to classical and New Age music, and there’s even a bit of contemporary popular material.

We hope you will find the programme enjoyable and that it will keep you guessing, not only about what is coming up next, but on occasion what the connection with the central theme actually is: it’s in there somewhere, even if it’s not obvious from title and artist. Spot the tracks from Malcolm Ironton and others from Rick Stein – a Musical Odyssey for example, or Are We To Part Like This from Mary Jane Newman. What is their connection with water? (Answers below*.)

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, to inform, educate and entertain. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

You can listen to the programme now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ideal URL to plug into your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player. (If you want to listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)

*Rick Stein runs a restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, specialising in seafood, and this album is from music used in his BBC TV series on cooking with seafood around the British Isles. Are We To Part Like This is taken from Mary Jane Newman’s album of music played on the maiden voyage of the SS Titanic.

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