From the Library — A Baroque Christmas

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 4 December, 2008

Today we promise you selections of seasonal music with twiddly bits, with sounds of the Baroque era and a little beyond, including Handel’s Messiah and plenty of Bach, Corelli and more. We’ll also hear some of the traditionally enormous arrangements from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir – what you might call modern arrangements with twiddly bits.

In addition there is a selection of traditional carols that date from a little later than the Baroque era but will be familiar to many listeners; and some that will be less well-known. Plus there’s songs from the Victorian era – more of that to come in future weeks.

It’s not wall-to-wall seasonal music, however; you’ll hear some Vivaldi, Rameau and music from other Baroque composers during the course of the day. We hope you enjoy it.

The picture shows the final Frost Fair held on the River Thames in February 1814. It’s often thought that it was just the unusually cold weather – the so-called “Little Ice Age” – that enabled the river to freeze over to enough depth to do so, but this was not the whole story. The new London Bridge, built in 1823, presented less of an obstruction to the water, while the building of embankments narrowed the width of the river, thus increasing the speed of the flow. The result was that the waters no longer froze over in Winter.

• From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced 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 now at — the ideal URL for you to use in your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player. (If you want to listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)


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