From the Library: Hymns

Isaac Watts, “the father of Eng­lish hymnody,” died on 25 Novem­ber 1748. To mark this anniver­sary, today’s pro­gram fea­tures hymns and sacred music. Styles range from choral ear­ly music to con­tem­po­rary pop­u­lar music and gospel. Among the artists you will hear are the Boston Cam­er­a­ta and Anony­mous 4, both groups hav­ing a very pol­ished sound. You will also hear the large­ly anony­mous (and not pol­ished) singers of the Unit­ed Sacred Harp Musi­cal Asso­ci­a­tion Singing Con­ven­tion in Fyffe, Alaba­ma, record­ed by Alan Lomax in 1959 and 1960. In order not to over­whelm lis­ten­ers, the pro­gram will include at reg­u­lar inter­vals med­i­ta­tive music on the flute by Riley Lee and on the hang by Lau­ra Inser­ra.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now in-world at http://music.radioriel.org, or click one of the but­tons below. Today’s pro­gram is pre­sent­ed by Otenth Pader­born.

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For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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