From the Library: A Baroque Festival

Today’s From The Library pro­gramme fea­tures a wide selec­tion of works from the Baroque peri­od.

The term Baroque is used to des­ig­nate the style of music com­posed dur­ing a peri­od that extends from about 1600 to the mid­dle of the 18th Cen­tu­ry. J.S. Bach and G.F. Hän­del are often con­sid­ered its out­stand­ing com­posers, and both will be heard today, along with Vival­di, Thomas Arne, Jean-Phillipe Rameau (pic­tured) and many more. Among the works to be per­formed today, we’ll be hear­ing a few more mod­ern arrange­ments of works by Pur­cell, Bach and oth­ers.

Many musi­cal forms were devel­oped in this era, such as the con­cer­to and sin­fo­nia. Forms such as the sonata, can­ta­ta and ora­to­rio flour­ished and opera was born.

• 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.

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