From the Library — A Baroque Christmas

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 http://music.radioriel.org — 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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