From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

In today’s pro­gramme in our series From the Library, we present a day of Vic­to­ri­an-themed music and enter­tain­ment, from songs and bal­lads of the music-hall & the par­lour (where they would have been per­formed by fam­i­ly mem­bers from the sheet music) and music from the opera-house and dance-hall.

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; we shall also enjoy extracts from sev­er­al of the light operettas by Messrs Gilbert & Sul­li­van, which have received such acclaim in recent years, per­formed by the D’Oy­ly Carte Opera Com­pa­ny for whom they were writ­ten.

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

• 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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