From the Library: Entente Cordiale

To cel­e­brate the launch of Radio Riel New Toulouse, we are pleased to present for you today on our Main Stream a selec­tion of clas­si­cal music from Britain and France in our series From the Library.

In fact the empha­sis is some­what more on the French. How­ev­er, we will be hear­ing from a num­ber of British com­posers such as Elgar, Vaugh­an Williams and of course Fred­er­ic Delius, who, while born in Eng­land, spent the lat­ter part of his life across the Chan­nel.

From the French side we will be fea­tur­ing Poulenc, Fau­ré, Chopin (who was Pol­ish born but became a French cit­i­zen) Debussy, Rav­el and Berlioz, with per­for­mances both tra­di­tion­al and not so.

We also have a selec­tion of cross-chan­nel pieces in a some­what lighter vein.

Today, we think of the Entente Cor­diale (“Cor­dial Under­stand­ing”) as sim­ply some kind of vague “spe­cial rela­tion­ship” between Britain and France, but the term orig­i­nal­ly com­mem­o­rat­ed the recog­ni­tion of com­mon inter­ests between Britain and France in the mid-1840s and, in par­tic­u­lar, King Louis-Philippe’s efforts to build polit­i­cal bridges between France and oth­er Euro­pean pow­ers who had large­ly ostracised the French.

A meet­ing between the French and Eng­lish sov­er­eigns was organ­ised at the Château d’Eu in Sep­tem­ber 1843, with Louis-Philippe vis­it­ing Queen Vic­to­ria a year lat­er in Wind­sor Cas­tle. A third and last meet­ing was held in Eu in 1845. The pic­ture above is one of a series by Provost-Dumar­chais com­mem­o­rat­ing the event.

How­ev­er the usu­al mean­ing of the term refers to the sec­ond Entente — a series of Anglo-French agree­ments signed on 8 April 1904 and result­ing in the end of recur­ring con­flict between the two and the begin­ning of the peri­od of peace­ful co-exis­tence that has last­ed to the present day.

From The Library is pre­sent­ed by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. 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 in-world now at, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

To lis­ten off-world now, with a reg­u­lar music play­er such as iTunes or WinAmp, click the fol­low­ing link or paste into the play­er.

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One Response to “From the Library: Entente Cordiale”

  1. Elrik Merlin says:

    A lis­ten­er asks, “What was the music played before the ‘Mas­ter­piece The­ater’ piece this morn­ing at about 12:15 AM SL?”

    The piece in ques­tion was Per­petu­um Mobile, writ­ten by Michael Roberts, a mem­ber of the staff at UK TV com­pa­ny ABC Week­end Tele­vi­sion and used over the tun­ing sig­nal (remem­ber them?) pri­or to the sta­tion’s open­ing theme tune on ABC and its suc­ces­sor Thames for 30 years from the late 1950s.

    I use the piece in exact­ly the same way: at the start of my dai­ly pro­gramme I play a “start­up” (extend­ed music and sta­tion iden­ti­fi­ca­tion) and I pre­cede it with Per­petu­um Mobile as a tran­si­tion from the pre­vi­ous show, except before the start of the ‘Light Pro­gramme’ light music show, where I play inter­val chimes and a start­up fea­tur­ing an arrange­ment of Oranges and Lemons, both orig­i­nal BBC Light Pro­gramme record­ings.

    Per­petu­um Mobile is per­formed by the Prague Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra con­duct­ed by Gavin Suther­land. It is not cur­rent­ly avail­able on disc.

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