From the Library… American “Classical” Music

Today on Radio Riel, we explore Amer­i­can clas­si­cal music, which is as var­ied and diverse as the pop­u­la­tion of the Unit­ed States itself!

The term “Amer­i­can clas­si­cal music” is dif­fi­cult to define. Is it music com­posed in the West­ern Euro­pean clas­si­cal tra­di­tion? Is it music that orig­i­nat­ed sole­ly from the North Amer­i­can con­ti­nent, for exam­ple Jazz and Rock and Roll?

Here is the def­i­n­i­tion as pro­vid­ed by Wikipedia:

Amer­i­can clas­si­cal music is music writ­ten in the Unit­ed States but in the Euro­pean clas­si­cal music tra­di­tion. In many cas­es, begin­ning in the 18th cen­tu­ry, it has been influ­enced by Amer­i­can folk music styles; and from the 20th cen­tu­ry to the present day it has often been influ­enced by folk, jazz, blues, and pop styles.”

Today on Radio Riel, we con­cen­trate on music that has its roots in the West­ern Euro­pean tra­di­tion, with a sprin­kling of ear­ly Jazz, Amer­i­can Folk, Brass Bands, “New Amer­i­can Dances”, writ­ten in an Eng­lish Coun­try Dance style, and orches­tral treat­ments of music from Amer­i­can movies. Some (but not all!) of the artists you will hear are as fol­lows:

Radio Riel pro­duces this pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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 to the pro­gram now at, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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