From the Library: Piano-issimo

Today we explore the world of clas­si­cal piano music, includ­ing all your favourite piano con­cer­tos — Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Rach­mani­nov, Gersh­win and many more; along with solo piano works by the likes of Fau­re, Poulenc, Chopin, Debussy and Rav­el… and some unusu­al pieces from less­er-known com­posers like Louis More­au Gottschalk. In addi­tion, we’re fea­tur­ing some of the works of Erik Satie, and we don’t just mean the Gymno­pe­dies, nice though they are.
There are also some slight­ly unusu­al instru­ments on the pro­gramme today, such as a “pro­to-piano”, the Fortepi­ano. Oth­er unusu­al instru­ments in today’s pro­gramme include the Pianola and the Repro­duc­ing Piano. The Pianola was an attach­ment to a reg­u­lar piano, with ham­mers that pressed on the keys in response to instruc­tions from a punched paper roll. The tem­po and dynam­ics were sup­plied by the oper­a­tor, who ped­alled more or less furi­ous­ly to get the desired effect. The Repro­duc­ing Piano takes that one stage fur­ther, with the pianoroll mech­a­nism built-in and with a record­ing capa­bil­i­ty too, which could cap­ture a play­er’s dynam­ics.
It’s a ver­i­ta­ble feast of clas­si­cal and neo-clas­si­cal piano music today on Radio Riel, and we do hope you enjoy it.
And don’t for­get to join us at 11am and 7pm SLT (19:00 and 0:300 UK time) for the first instal­ments of our two thrilling new ZBS seri­als: Dreams of Rio, which fea­tures won­der­ful live ato­m­os­pheres cap­tured in Brazil; and, at the half-hour, Ruby 3: The Invis­i­ble World, brought to you cour­tesy of our friends at You can tune in at home, or join us in the Claren­don Con­ser­va­to­ry in New Bab­bage (
Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at; out­side the US, tune to in-world, or sim­ply click here if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to launch a play­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly.
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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