From the Library… Beasts and Visionaries

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 10 March, 2008

This week’s From The Library brings a number of strange threads together in support of the current Library exhibition Beauty in the Beasts: Mediæval and Modern Bestiaries, at Whitehorn Library, VictoriaCity.

The exhibition features Le bestiaire ou le cortège d’Orphée (The Bestiary, or The Parade of Orpheus) by Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918, the man who coined the term “surrealism”, pictured left) and Raoul Dufy and we, in turn, will be featuring some of Apollinaire’s songs sung, in French, by various well-known performers (translations of some of the poems included can be found here). In addition, we will be playing music by noted French composers of the period – more impressionistic than surreal, but never mind – such as Ravel, Debussy, Satie, Fauré, Poulenc and Chopin (who can be regarded as at least as French as Apollinaire). There is also a teeny bit of cheating this week, but we think you’ll enjoy it.

In the spirit, not only of surrealism and bestiaries, but also picking up on the title of the exhibition, we will be including some of virtuoso musical pioneer Wendy Carlos’s extraordinary work from the little-known album Beauty In The Beast, which explores some of the unusual tuning schemes and musical forms, both euphonious and otherwise, made possible by the vastly increased flexibility of relatively recent electronic music instruments.

From The Library is presented by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and this week’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.

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Kghia March 9, 2008 at 13:26

As always, I'm impressed by your support of the library and by your creativity. Thank you.


Elrik Merlin March 10, 2008 at 01:27

You are most welcome, Kghia! We regard our collaboration with the Library very highly and love to come up with programming that links in with current events and takes our listeners on new and interesting journeys.


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