From the Library: A Victorian Entertainment

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 13 June, 2009

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 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

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