A Musical Bestiary

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011

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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