From the Library…Lord Byron and the Music of His Time

Today, Radio Riel pro­vides audio, in the form of music and poet­ry, to serve as the back­drop for the Cale­don Library’s Book of the Month Lis­ten­ing Par­ty. This mon­th’s “book” are select­ed poems of Lord Byron, who lived from 1788 to 1824, which was the end of the Clas­si­cal music era. Today’s musi­cal selec­tions fea­tures promi­nent Clas­si­cal com­posers, such as Mozart, Beethoven Cor­rette, and Haydn.

From 12:30pm — 2:30pm SLT, Radio Riel presents the fol­low­ing spe­cial pro­gram:

Cale­don Library Book of the Month Lis­ten­ing Par­ty
Select­ed Poems of Lord Byron
Sun, Octo­ber 12, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Where: HG Wells Memo­r­i­al Library, Cale­don Well­sian

Take the Cale­don Train, or use the handy Tele­port from the Well­sian Hub

His con­tem­po­raries thought him var­i­ous­ly “mad, bad and dan­ger­ous to know,” “the civilest man in Europe,” a paragon of politesse, a ras­cal and a scoundrel, the source of all his own trou­bles, or woe­ful­ly mis­un­der­stood. But none doubt­ed Lord Byron’s wit, his pas­sion, or his pol­ish.

Whether he was a self-pity­ing whin­er, the Grand­fa­ther of Emo Mop­ers, or a bold and hon­est heart, as bad­ly treat­ed by soci­ety as he claimed him­self to be, Byron was an unques­tion­ably bril­liant poet, and a keen and mer­ci­less­ly accu­rate observ­er of his of his world. Lib­er­tine, ide­al­ist and the Roman­tic’s Roman­tic, Lord Byron was any­thing but sim­ple, despite his occa­sion­al protes­ta­tions to the con­trary.

His poet­ry strikes a dif­fer­ent bal­ance — it has the sim­plic­i­ty pos­si­ble only when a poet has per­fect con­trol of the poet­ic medi­um. His syl­la­bles flow effort­less­ly, and at its best his verse has a non­cha­lance that makes it all the more pow­er­ful when some phrase (be it lyric or iron­ic) strikes pre­cise­ly home. This mon­th’s lis­ten­ing par­ty will give us chance to con­sid­er some of Lord Byron’s short­er poems.

  • So We’ll Go no More a Rov­ing
  • She Walks in Beau­ty
  • When We Two Part­ed
  • For Music
  • To Augus­ta
  • All for Love

The pro­gramme will be streamed to the library on Radio Riel — if you can’t join us in-world, tune in at — and all exquis­ites and aes­thetes are invit­ed to join us after­ward at the Bash­ful Pea­cock, across the way, for danc­ing at the month­ly Palm Court Tea at 3pm.

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 by click­ing here, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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