From the Library — The Early Music Show

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 5 February, 2009

In today’s Early Music Show, we feature music of the Renaissance from across Western Europe, from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

You’ll be hearing both “loud” and “soft” bands — the former including brass instruments such as the sackbutt (a proto‐trombone), shawm (a wooden reed instrument that is the predecessor of the oboe, brought to Europe from the Arab lands), rauschpfeife (an astonishingly loud capped‐reed instrument in which, like a bagpipe chanter, the reed is enclosed and never touches the lips, in contrast to the shawm) and various forms of percussion, usually heard outdoors – not to mention bagpipes; while the latter includes quieter indoor instruments like the crumhorn, recorders, various stringed instruments and occasional keyboards.

In this programme we will be focusing on renditions of Early Music by some of the masters of the field, such as the late David Munrow, Ulsamer Collegium and Musica Reservata, covering both sacred and secular music (though with an emphasis on the latter).

From The Library is presented by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life, and 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 to the program now at, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in‐world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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