From The Library… Sir Edward Elgar

Today in our pro­gramme From the Library… we begin a short series fea­tur­ing the work of British com­posers: and no-one could be regard­ed as more ‘British’ than Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934). This year is the 150th anniver­sary of his birth.

We will be play­ing a selec­tion of his works, some well-known – such as the Pomp and Cir­cum­stance March­es – and some much more sel­dom heard, includ­ing the Nurs­ery Suite, which British lis­ten­ers with long mem­o­ries might pos­si­bly remem­ber as being played on com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion on 1960s after­noons between Schools pro­grammes.

Includ­ed in the pro­gramme today is a per­for­mance of the lat­ter con­duct­ed by Sir Edward him­self. You will also hear the mag­nif­i­cent Enig­ma Vari­a­tions – the orig­i­nal theme to which remains a mys­tery to this day – and a wide selec­tion of oth­er works by the com­pos­er.

• This pro­gramme is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and pre­sent­ed 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 pro­gramme now at http://music.radioriel.org, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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