From the Library: A Victorian Christmas

Today, Elrik Mer­lin presents a pro­gramme of Vic­to­ri­an sea­son­al music rang­ing from car­ols played on hand-bells, musi­cal box­es and pipe organs to famil­iar choral and con­cert works of the peri­od. Sea­son’s greet­ings to our lis­ten­ers, clients and spon­sors from all of us at Radio Riel! Thank you for your sup­port through­out the year.

The image shown here is what is gen­er­al­ly regard­ed as the first Christ­mas card, pro­duced for Mr Hen­ry Cole in 1843 by John Halsey of Torquay, in south-west Eng­land. Mr Cole had appar­ent­ly left him­self with­out enough time to write a per­son­al sea­son­al greet­ing to his friends and rela­tions and as a result com­mis­sioned the card. As was often the case at the time, there is a moral to the art: the cen­tre pan­el shows the well-to-do cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas while on either side we see the poor being fed and clothed, remind­ing recip­i­ents that the sea­son was one in which, in the depths of win­ter, the less-well-off should be remem­bered par­tic­u­lar­ly.

• 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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