From the Library: Distinctive Voices

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by Otenth Paderborn on Wednesday, 19 November, 2008

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 — 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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