From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 10 July, 2010

Today we present a day of Victorian‐themed music and entertainment, from songs and ballads of the music‐hall & the parlour to music from the opera‐house and dance‐hall.

In particular, we shall be featuring the music of the Most Talented Virtuoso Pianist & Composer from New Orleans, Mr Louis Moreau Gottschalk, who will regale us with a number of his Most Amusing Piano Compositions.

The programme will also include music from our popular collection of mechanical instruments from the streets, public houses and salons; and we have prepared for your pleasure a selection of works by Mr Sullivan of an Instrumental nature.
Thus, dear listener, today we shall delight in popular songs, several of which may raise the heart while others bring a tear to the eye, and of which many have been performed by famous Artists with the Greatest Possible Success; and experience a wide selection of dances from the popular dance‐hall, including the works of the Strauss family & others.

Pray take your seats, then, my Lords, Ladies and Gentles, for a day of entertainment from days gone by, for your delectation.

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Then at 11am or 7pm SLT/Pacific Time (7pm or 3 am UK time), please tune in for Part 3 of the exciting adventures from our friends at the ZBS Foundation in the ZBS Radio Hour.

At the top of the hour, it’s fantasy with The Incredible Adventures of Jack Flanders; while in the second half hour, it’s our sci‐fi serial Ruby 3 – The Underworld.

To listen, join us for a cup of tea at our listening party in the delightful Conservatory of the Clarendon in New Babbage (

Alternatively, tune in at home on Radio Riel’s Main Stream on — or click here to launch your player immediately if your browser is configured to do so.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now in‐world at, or click one of the buttons below. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

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For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in‐world


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