Ancient Pieces in a Modern Style

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by Elrik Merlin on Tuesday, 15 April, 2008

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 — 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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