From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

Today we present a day of Vic­to­ri­an-themed music and enter­tain­ment (and a few from the Edwar­dian era), from songs and bal­lads of the music-hall & the par­lour (where they would have been per­formed by fam­i­ly mem­bers from the sheet music) to music from the opera-house and dance-hall. The pro­gramme will also include music from mechan­i­cal instru­ments that were pop­u­lar in the streets, pub­lic hous­es and salons of the peri­od – the equiv­a­lent of today’s juke­box­es.

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, the fine march­es of Mr Philip Sousa, and a great deal more.

Nor­mal­ly, we would include the works of Gilbert & Sul­li­van in a pro­gramme such as this; how­ev­er today we have a spe­cial gala per­for­mance of the works of said Gen­tle­men, at 1pm in the mag­nif­i­cent Fly­ing Heron The­atre high over Cale­don Rothes­day, where we do hope you will join us for this per­for­mance in aid of Relay for Life. More details may be found here.

Pray take your seats, then, Lords, Ladies and Gen­tles, for a day of enter­tain­ment from days gone by, for your delec­ta­tion & plea­sure. And do please join us lat­er for Gilbert & Sul­li­van.

• 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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