From the Library: April Come She Will

In today’s pro­gramme, Soliel Snook fea­tures a col­lec­tion of tra­di­tion­al dance tunes to bring in the new month, some of which go back many cen­turies. Revived today in the form of Mor­ris danc­ing and relat­ed gen­res such as Eng­lish Coun­try Dance (ECD), many of the tunes are famil­iar and pop­u­lar today once again, as they were in the 16th cen­tu­ry when the dances that became ECD were devel­oped among the gen­try, influ­enced by the folk dances of the time.

With con­tri­bu­tions from a num­ber of artists, today we will be fea­tur­ing some of the work of mod­ern pop­u­laris­ers of these gen­res, includ­ing Ash­ley Hutch­ings’s, Com­pleat Danc­ing Mas­ter, which inter­leaves (some­what mod­ernised) ren­di­tions of the pieces with read­ings from con­tem­po­rary writ­ings illus­trat­ing the atti­tudes of those in author­i­ty down the cen­turies to the pop­u­lar pas­time of danc­ing – many of which were down­right hos­tile. Soliel also includes our fine col­lec­tion of Eng­lish coun­try dance music per­formed by the renowned Amer­i­can ECD Instru­men­tal Quar­tet, Bare Neces­si­ties, and kind­ly donat­ed to Radio Riel by the Cale­don Library. You’ll also hear the odd piece from Fair­port Con­ven­tion and Child­grove, among oth­ers.

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library; today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to it on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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