From the Library… An Early Music Festival

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 3 March, 2008

In this week’s From The Library we present a festival of Early Music — with the addition of a number of other tracks that are not quite so closely tied to the period but can generally be traced back to the Renaissance or beyond.

You’ll be hearing both “loud” and “soft” bands — the former including brass instruments such as the sackbutt (a proto-trombone), shawm (a wooden reed instrument that is the predecessor of the oboe, brought to Europe from the Arab lands), rauschpfeife (an astonishingly loud capped-reed instrument in which, like a bagpipe chanter, the reed is enclosed and never touches the lips, in contrast to the shawm) and various forms of percussion, usually heard outdoors – not to mention bagpipes; while the latter includes quieter indoor instruments like the crumhorn, recorders, various stringed instruments and occasional keyboards.

In this week’s programme we will be including both faithful renditions of Early Music by some of the masters of the field, such as the late David Munrow and Musica Reservata, covering both sacred and secular music (though with an emphasis on the latter), and some contemporary artists who present a lively and vivacious interpretation of Early Music, notably bands such as Wolgemut, Mince Pye, and a growing favourite among Radio Riel listeners, Corvus Corax.

From The Library is presented by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and 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 program now at, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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