From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

Today we present a day of Vic­to­ri­an-themed music and enter­tain­ment (and a few items from the Edwar­dian era, includ­ing selec­tions from Mr Mon­ck­ton’s excep­tion­al enter­tain­ment, The Arca­di­ans), 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. In addi­tion we have includ­ed a small selec­tion of works by Messrs Gilbert & Sul­li­van, though pri­mar­i­ly 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 & plea­sure.

From the Library is pre­sent­ed by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://music.radioriel.org. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

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

We changed our Main Stream serv­er recent­ly. If you have any unre­solved dif­fi­cul­ties, please send an email to info[at]radioriel.org and we’ll try to sort them out.

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