From The Library — The Light Programme

Today on Radio Riel, we are once again explor­ing the world of Light Music – from the ear­li­est days of the genre, which start­ed in the late 19th cen­tu­ry, to its hey­day after the Sec­ond World War.

Light Music’ – also known as ‘mood music’ or ‘con­cert music’ – is very much a British phe­nom­e­non, refer­ring to a pop­u­lar and tune­ful style of orches­tral music that had its ori­gins in the sea­side bands of the 19th and ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. The style peaked around the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tu­ry and then fell from favour: on the one hand eclipsed by rock ’n’ roll (many of its expo­nents by this time were the lead­ers of the Big Bands whose doom arrived dur­ing this peri­od), but on the oth­er con­tin­u­ing in hid­den guise, in the form of ‘library music’ – music record­ed for use in films, radio and lat­er tele­vi­sion – right up into the 1960s.

Light Music is char­ac­terised by a pre­dom­i­nance of melody – gen­er­al­ly mem­o­rable melody – which is one rea­son why it is a per­fect com­pan­ion to broad­cast­ing, pro­vid­ing themes and even inci­den­tal music to dra­ma, doc­u­men­tary, news and cur­rent affairs, and game shows. Often, peo­ple can recall the themes that punc­tu­at­ed their lives many, many decades ago.

The Light Pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin as part of our series From the Library.

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. 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 now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er. (If you want to lis­ten off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address does­n’t work for you, click here.)

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