Classics with a French Accent

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011

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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