From The Library… Come All Ye – And Dance!

Here at Radio Riel we are very much tak­en by tra­di­tion­al dance of North West Europe and espe­cial­ly the Celtic Lands – it’s where many of our staff’s roots lie, for one thing – and it’s a sub­ject we are hap­py to return to fair­ly often, with a wide selec­tion of mate­r­i­al in our libraries to suit.

Thus today’s pro­gramme pro­vides a kind of bridge between the Mediæ­val-inspired music of yes­ter­day and the folk and Celtic dance mate­r­i­al we’ll be play­ing lat­er in the week: and it’s quite a var­ied selec­tion, rang­ing from dances of the Renais­sance, to Play­fair’s 17th Cen­tu­ry dance book, to the odd selec­tion of jigs and reels and a bag­pipe or two, and a few qui­eter num­bers in between so that you can have a rest. How­ev­er, what you will not hear today are strict inter­pre­ta­tions of ear­ly music. Yes, you may well hear the odd piece from Michael Prae­to­rius’s Terp­si­chore, but it will be more in the man­ner of a folk per­for­mance than clas­si­cal: think Ren Faire rather than con­cert hall.

Some of the same tunes inevitably keep turn­ing up, of course: some of the pieces you’ll hear today date from as ear­ly as the 13th Cen­tu­ry and have been car­ried tight through to the present day. You might spot more that one ver­sion of Sel­l­enger’s Round this week, for exam­ple.

Over­all, how­ev­er, the point of the next few days is to have a good time. And Yule is just around the cor­ner, with all the musi­cal pos­si­bil­i­ties that implies (and do we have some good­ies for you!).

• This pro­gramme was pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Lis­ten now at, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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