From the Library… American “Classical” Music

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by Gabrielle Riel on Tuesday, 15 January, 2008

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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