From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

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by Elrik Merlin on Friday, 10 April, 2009

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 — 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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