Classics with a French Accent

Car­ry­ing on from yes­ter­day’s pro­gramme, today’s also has a French atmos­phere, but this time the flavour is rather ear­li­er, in that it focus­es on French clas­si­cal music.

Today we present a selec­tion of var­ied French pieces from the Baroque peri­od to the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry includ­ing a good many famous names — and some not quite so well known who also have a place in the French clas­si­cal pan­theon.

Some of those less­er-known com­posers include Jean-Joseph Mouret, whose dra­mat­ic works made him very pop­u­lar in the Baroque peri­od, although he has now large­ly fad­ed from view, with the excep­tion of one piece you’ll recog­nise at once; and Marc-Antoine Char­p­en­tier, anoth­er French Baroque com­pos­er we’ll be hear­ing from today — and we’ll start the show with the Pre­lude to his Te Deum, which many Euro­pean lis­ten­ers will recog­nise as the Euro­pean Broad­cast­ing Union theme. You’ll also hear Joseph Can­teloube’s Chants d’Au­vergne… and did you know that Sir William Wal­ton got sued for copy­right infringe­ment for includ­ing the best-known tune in his music for Olivier’s film of Hen­ry V (1944)?

The image shows the Eif­fel Tow­er being struck by light­ning on June 3, 1902.

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, 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:

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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