From the Library: The Light Programme

Today’s Light Pro­gramme fea­tures the music of Ronald Binge (1910–79), who was born 100 years ago last Thurs­day, on July 15. Prob­a­bly best known for Sail­ing By, the music gen­er­al­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the Ship­ping Fore­cast on BBC radio, he was the orig­i­na­tor of the “cas­cad­ing strings” effect — some­thing he devel­oped while work­ing as an arranger with Man­to­vani — which sim­u­lates the rever­ber­a­tion time of a large acoustic space such as a cathe­dral and is now regard­ed very much as a part of the Light Music genre.

Orig­i­nal­ly a cin­e­ma organ­ist, then accor­dion play­er, and then arranger, Binge went on to com­pose a num­ber of works. Along­side Sail­ing By, he is prob­a­bly remem­bered for Eliz­a­bethan Ser­e­nade, the theme for Music Tapes­try on BBC radio in the 1950s. How­ev­er he wrote quite a few oth­er works, of which one of the most beau­ti­ful is The Water­wheel, which fea­tures won­der­ful ris­ing and falling low string arpeg­gios. Many of his pieces were writ­ten for pro­duc­tion music libraries such as Josef Wein­burg­er.
In addi­tion to works by Binge, we’ll hear a selec­tion of British Light Music from the mid­dle part of the last cen­tu­ry.

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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