From the Library: Sounding Brass

As you might guess from the title, today’s pro­gramme focus­es on brass instru­ments, from music in the style of around 138BC to the music of today.

Thus the styles range from ancient and ear­ly music, through Baroque and clas­si­cal, to Vic­to­ri­an brass bands, to rag­time, trad jazz (and with Mar­di Gras just behind us, New Orleans style jazz too), a touch of big band, right up to mod­ern works includ­ing a mar­vel­lous suite of pieces for wind band inspired by the works of Shake­speare.

And there are march­ing bands, there are mil­i­tary bands (includ­ing an ear­ly Edi­son Blue Amberol record­ing of the Edi­son Mil­i­tary Band), there are clas­si­cal wind bands, and there is Bavar­i­an music.

There are also some mod­ern pop­u­lar pieces, notably Peter Skellern’s awe-inspir­ing and tear-jerk­ing arrange­ment on You’re a Lady, which includes not only a brass band but a full choir as well; and Kate Rus­by’s deeply mov­ing songs accom­pa­nied by the Grimethor­pe Col­liery Band.

There is also Diver­ti­men­to Opus 49 by Leonard Salze­do — well, the Pre­lude from it at least — from which British lis­ten­ers may recog­nise the first few notes, which intro­duced Open Uni­ver­si­ty tele­vi­sion pro­grammes for many years. And talk­ing of tele­vi­sion, there are two pieces from the Black Dyke Band that will be recog­nised from the BBC TV series of the 1990s, Ground Force. In all these cas­es, you’ll hear the pieces in full, of course.

This will all lead to some remark­able jux­ta­po­si­tions — and a few sur­pris­es.

And of course, be sure to join us for the sixth install­ment of our ZBS Radio Hour adven­ture ser­i­al, Moon Over Moroc­co, at 11am and 7pm SLT (that’s 19:00 and 03:00 GMT). You are most wel­come to join us in per­son in the delight­ful Con­ser­va­to­ry of the Claren­don in New Bab­bage ( refresh­ments will be served.

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 at — or click here to link straight to your play­er if your brows­er is set up to do so. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

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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