From the Library… An Early Music Festival

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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