From The Library: A Traditional Christmas

Today in From The Library we present exact­ly what you might expect for a Christ­mas Eve: A selec­tion of tra­di­tion­al, sea­son­al music. Today’s pro­gramme ranges from Vic­to­ri­an favourites to mod­ern ren­der­ings of tra­di­tion­al clas­sics from the west­ern musi­cal tra­di­tion.

There are also some unusu­al record­ings, of course. In par­tic­u­lar we are fea­tur­ing the music of Coope, Boyes and Simp­son, and their per­for­mances of tra­di­tion­al car­ols for unac­com­pa­nied voic­es. Before around the mid­dle of the 19th Cen­tu­ry, car­ols were what you sang in the pub, inn or oth­er pub­lic places and they were rous­ing and extreme­ly pop­u­lar. Very often they used famil­iar words, but each town, if not each group of car­ollers, had their own tunes that were passed down.

It was the Vic­to­ri­an reform­ers who felt that this kind of behav­iour at Christ­mas­tide was unseem­ly, and sought to bring car­ols into church and give them more staid and state­ly music. They, of course, suc­ceed­ed, and the tra­di­tion­al forms large­ly dis­ap­peared — not entire­ly, how­ev­er. You will still find the odd pub — BBC Radio Four fea­tured one the oth­er day, in Der­byshire — where the old tunes are still known and sung lusti­ly as they were intend­ed. We include some of those old tunes and ancient words today.

The pre­sen­ters and staff of Radio Riel would like to thank all our spon­sors, clients — and of course most of all you, our lis­ten­ers — for your sup­port dur­ing the year. We wish you a very mer­ry hol­i­day sea­son and we hope that despite bad cir­cum­stances in many parts of the world at the moment, that we will all enjoy a pros­per­ous, peace­ful and suc­cess­ful 2009. Thank you for lis­ten­ing.

• 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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2 Responses to “From The Library: A Traditional Christmas”

  1. Wildstar says:

    Thank you to all of you of Radio Riel for the won­der­ful hours spent with your music

    Mer­ry Christ­mas to you all !

  2. Gabrielle Riel says:

    Thank you for lis­ten­ing Mr. Beau­mont! 🙂

    Gabrielle Riel

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