From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 28 January, 2009

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 — 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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