A Touch of Velvet, A Sting of Brass

From the Library today fea­tures music with brass as a cen­tral link as much as a cen­tral theme, join­ing two relat­ed musi­cal worlds, and pieces that will be both famil­iar and unfa­mil­iar.

On the one hand we have out-and out brass music, in both clas­si­cal and jazz-influ­enced veins, rang­ing from Dix­ieland, the music of Mar­di Gras and the roots of jazz (includ­ing some orig­i­nal record­ings over a cen­tu­ry old), to clas­si­cal pieces writ­ten or arranged for brass. On the oth­er, we have a col­lec­tion of instru­men­tal light music, often (but not always) also fea­tur­ing brass – from the likes of Bert Kaempfert to big band pieces that are sel­dom heard today, writ­ten as they were for music libraries that were not avail­able to the pub­lic at the time but were used in obscure appli­ca­tions such as to accom­pa­ny ear­ly tele­vi­sion test cards.

The link between these worlds is a piece called A Touch of Vel­vet, A Sting of Brass, by composer/producer Mark Wirtz, a Ger­man who came to the UK in the 60s and penned a string of pop hits that were part of a nev­er-com­plet­ed project called A Teenage Opera. At the same time he wrote sev­er­al instru­men­tals that were wide­ly played at the time, and the track men­tioned above became the theme music for a DJ on one of Britain’s off-shore radio sta­tions that changed the face of pop­u­lar music for­ev­er.

There are some oth­er tracks in today’s col­lec­tion that may trig­ger a mem­o­ry – or per­haps raise an eye­brow: like Peter Skellern’s mar­vel­lous You’re a Lady, arranged for full brass band and over-the-top choir (thanks Soliel), Kate Rus­by’s Under­neath the Stars, and oth­er songs in which you might encounter brass in an unusu­al or unex­pect­ed set­ting. In any event, we hope you will enjoy the jour­ney.

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced 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 now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in 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.)

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