From the Library: Distinctive Voices


Per­haps the most dis­tinc­tive voic­es Radio Riel will broad­cast today come from the shape note or Sacred Harp tra­di­tion. Orig­i­nal­ly a 19th-cen­tu­ry teach­ing tech­nique, the use of shaped and named notes may be most famil­iar to mod­erns from the “do-re-mi” song in The Sound of Music. The “sacred harp” is the human voice, and is the title of one of the pop­u­lar music books in use. We include record­ings from a tra­di­tion­al, non-pro­fes­sion­al Sacred Harp singing week­end, as well as the work of pro­fes­sion­al cho­rus­es.

Anoth­er folk style we will include is the “white voice” of East­ern Europe. This open-throat­ed singing tech­nique is said to come from shep­herds call­ing out to one anoth­er across the fields and hills, and is best exem­pli­fied by wom­en’s vocal groups.

At per­haps the oth­er end of the styl­ish­ness per­spec­tive are coun­tertenors and vocal ensem­bles singing arranged clas­si­cal music. To round out the selec­tion, sev­er­al solo artists known and loved for their vocal style have been includ­ed.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gram was pro­duced by Otenth Pader­born.

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 now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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