From the Library: Music for a Midsummer’s Day

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 21 June, 2010

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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