From the Library… Music of the Macabre

In prepa­ra­tion for the Cale­don Library’s Book of the Month dis­cus­sion on The Mys­ter­ies of Udolpho by Ann Rad­cliffe on Sat­ur­day, we are play­ing two days of “Goth­ic & Dark” clas­si­cal music in our From the Library series.

G. G. and J. Robin­son of Lon­don pub­lished The Mys­ter­ies of Udolpho in the in the sum­mer of 1794 in 4 vol­umes. Often cit­ed as the arche­typ­al Goth­ic nov­el, Mys­ter­ies fol­lows the for­tunes of Emi­ly St. Aubert who suf­fers, among oth­er mis­ad­ven­tures, the death of her father, super­nat­ur­al ter­rors in a gloomy cas­tle, and the machi­na­tions of an Ital­ian brig­and.

Radio Riel is pleased to pro­vide the musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment to this dark and Goth­ic tale by pre­sent­ing the fol­low­ing artists/works:

  • Requiems by: Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Fau­re, John Rut­ter and Karl Jenk­ins
  • The Plan­ets by Gus­tav Holst
  • Also Sprach Zarathrus­tra by Richard Strauss
  • The Rite of Spring and The Fire­bird Suite by Igor Stravin­sky
  • Inter Deum et Dia­bolum Sem­per Musi­ca Est by Corvus Corax
  • Morimur per­formed by the Hilliard Ensem­ble with Christoph Pop­pen – A con­cert cre­at­ed as an “argu­ment and proof” that Bach wrote his D minor Par­ti­ta for solo vio­lin, var­i­ous chorales, and the famous Ciac­cona as an epi­taph for his first wife
  • Music from the Har­ry Pot­ter films by John Williams and Patrick Doyle
  • …and more!

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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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