From the Library: A Bach Festival

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 7 September, 2009

Today’s programme is dedicated primarily to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), although we will be hearing in addition from some of his contemporaries and near-contemporaries during the course of the day.

Listeners today may find it strange to learn that during his lifetime Bach was thought somewhat old-fashioned and behind the times, as other composers adopted more decorated rococo styles. Today, of course, it’s a different matter and there is a vast library of recordings of his work available, a selection of which we will hear during the programme.

In addition to a wide selection of recordings of Bach’s music performed as he might have intended, we’ve also included some modern interpretations today, from the electronic realisations of Wendy Carlos to a few jazz-influenced performances for your delectation and pleasure.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in association with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the program now at

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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