From the Library: Mechanical Music Hall

Today, Elrik Mer­lin presents selec­tions from tra­di­tion­al mechan­i­cal instru­ments of all kinds: street organs, bar­rel pianos, Sym­pho­nions, Carousels and Cal­liopes, and musi­cal box­es. The mix includes some mod­ern mate­r­i­al writ­ten for these instru­ments as well as tra­di­tion­al Vic­to­ri­an favourites. In addi­tion, to leav­en the mix some­what, we have includ­ed some waltzes and pop­u­lar dances of the turn of the 19th/20th cen­turies includ­ing works by Strauss and oth­ers.

The pic­ture shows a Morti­er steam organ.

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. 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 now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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