Ancient Pieces in a Modern Style

Today’s From The Library pro­gramme takes its cue from the Ear­ly Music played on Radio Riel over the past few days and gives it a mod­ern twist.

By def­i­n­i­tion, any ‘Ear­ly Music’ — by which we gen­er­al­ly mean music from the Mediæ­val or Renais­sance peri­od – that we hear today is actu­al­ly mod­ern: per­formed by mod­ern artists. Where they dif­fer is in how they seek to present the music to the lis­ten­er: as authen­tic a per­for­mance as pos­si­ble, with orig­i­nal or repli­ca instru­ments, or by adding con­tem­po­rary ele­ments to bring a new rel­e­vance and appeal to a mod­ern audi­ence.

Here at Radio Riel we enjoy both, and we will be cel­e­brat­ing both today in a pro­gramme of ‘Ancient pieces in a Mod­ern Style’. You will hear authen­tic recre­ations of Ear­ly Music from artists like David Munrow, Musi­ca Reser­va­ta and Col­legium Terp­si­chore, along­side the live­ly ren­der­ings of old melodies by the likes of Mince Pye, the excit­ing sounds of Wol­ge­mut, Qntal and a per­son­al favourite, Corvus Corax, plus the ethe­re­al per­for­mances of the Mediæ­val Bæbes. There is some­thing for every­one into Ear­ly Music – ancient or mod­ern.

Today we will con­tin­ue to fea­ture works from our favourite record com­pa­ny, Mag­natune, includ­ed by kind per­mis­sion. Do vis­it their web site and help to build the next gen­er­a­tion of inter­net-based music dis­tri­b­u­tion, where artists get a fair deal and so do their cus­tomers.

There is also some­thing a lit­tle sneaky in the mix today too (as is often the case with these pro­grammes): the rather unusu­al Latin/Mediæval treat­ments of Black Sab­bath rock clas­sics by Ron­del­lus.

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 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.)

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