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

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by Gabrielle Riel on Sunday, 12 October, 2008

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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