A Musical Bestiary

Today’s pro­gramme focus­es on music inspired by the ani­mal king­dom.

The bes­tiary (or Bes­tiarum Vocab­u­lum) was com­mon in the Mid­dle Ages and was a “com­pendi­um of beasts” from all over the known (and unknown) world, not all of which actu­al­ly exist­ed.

In the same way, today’s pro­gramme – a “Musi­cal Bes­tiary” – brings togeth­er pieces of music about ani­mals and birds from a great many gen­res – from Eng­lish Baroque key­board pieces writ­ten “In Imi­ta­tion of Birds” to Celtic drag­ons, a Russ­ian Fire­bird and the odd demon, and cats big and small (from Elsa the Lioness in Born Free, the theme from which opens today’s show, to the odd Jel­li­cle Cat) along with the mar­vel­lous ani­mal songs of Flan­ders and Swann, Saint-Saëns’ Car­naval des Ani­maux, Van­ge­lis’s Apoc­a­lypse des Ani­maux (which used to play in the inter­val before the band Yes came on stage back in the day), Bar­clay James Har­vest’s Broth­er Thrush, The Lark Ascend­ing and the First Cuck­oo of Spring.

Yes, not sur­pris­ing­ly, per­haps, there are a lot of birds in today’s pro­gramme. There will also be some odd jux­ta­po­si­tions today, in a pro­gramme that brings togeth­er rock, Ear­ly Music, clas­si­cal, jazz, Celtic and a lit­tle coun­try music.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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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