From the Library…English Country Dance

Today’s “From the Library” pro­gram fea­tures the music of Eng­lish Coun­try Dance. Let’s see what our friend Mr. Wikipedia has to say about Eng­lish Coun­try Dance…

From Wikipedia: “Eng­lish Coun­try Dance, some­times abbre­vi­at­ed ECD, is a form of folk dance. It is a social dance form, which has ear­li­est doc­u­ment­ed instances in the late 16th cen­tu­ry. Queen Eliz­a­beth I of Eng­land is not­ed to have been enter­tained by “Coun­try Danc­ing,” although the rela­tion­ship of the dances she saw to the sur­viv­ing dances of the mid-17th cen­tu­ry is dis­put­ed. Eng­lish Coun­try Dance was pop­u­lar well into the Baroque and Regency eras. Where­as sev­er­al fig­ures com­mon to Eng­lish Coun­try Dance, e.g. arm­ing and the straight hey, are found in the tra­di­tion­al dances and dis­play dances such as mor­ris, ECD’s ori­gins rest among the gen­try, first at court, then spread­ing to bour­geois-Lon­don, final­ly mov­ing into coun­try manors around Eng­land.”

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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