From the Library: Music for a Midsummer’s Day

Today — at 11:28 GMT, 4:28 am Pacif­ic Time — marks the time of the Sum­mer Sol­stice, when the Earth­’s axi­al tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its max­i­mum of 23° 26′. And so it is that today’s music on Radio Riel’s Main Stream fol­lows the theme of Music for a Mid­sum­mer’s Day.

Tak­ing its inspi­ra­tion from William Shake­speare’s play, A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, today we take you into the world of faerie, druids and ancient stones in their many inter­pre­ta­tions from dif­fer­ent gen­res, from Baroque to Clas­si­cal to Neo-Pagan to New Age. You’ll hear Mendelssohn’s set­ting of the play of course, and some of Pur­cel­l’s; but you’ll also hear Rut­land Boughton’s The Immor­tal Hour, first per­formed at Glas­ton­bury’s Assem­bly Rooms as part of the orig­i­nal Glas­ton­bury Fes­ti­val in 1914. In addi­tion we’ll hear oth­er music with the time of the sea­son in its theme, such as Ian Lyn­ne’s mar­vel­lous For­got­ten Sum­mer.

And do join Radio Riel for a Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream lat­er today, at 7pm SLT on Radio Riel Rever­ie and in per­son in Win­ter­fell Rever­ie (

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now in-world at, or click one of the but­tons below. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

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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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