From the Library… Music of the Macabre

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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 25 January, 2008

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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