From the Library: The World of the Waltz

Today’s pro­gramme is in 3/4 time, and explores the waltz as a musi­cal form. But you’ll hear a lot more than mem­bers of the Strauss fam­i­ly in today’s pro­gramme. Instead the music comes from a great range of gen­res, from blue­grass and coun­try to clas­sics, ECD, folk, New Age, jazz, big band and much more. There are even bag­pipes. You’ll per­haps be sur­prised how all-per­va­sive the form can be.
Indeed, if you con­sult the Wikipedia entry on the Waltz, you’ll find that the use of the word is not restrict­ed to “waltzes”: in the 19th century,“waltzing” referred to a glid­ing, turn­ing move­ment in a dance, what­ev­er that dance was. You would “waltz” while doing the pol­ka, for exam­ple.
How­ev­er today’s pro­gramme does not exploit such tech­ni­cal loop­holes… much. In vir­tu­al­ly all cas­es today, the music is in 3/4 time and in many cas­es has the word “waltz” in the title. The dif­fer­ent kinds of waltz from so many gen­res pro­vides, we think you’ll find, quite enough vari­ety.
And don’t for­get, at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, (7pm and 3am UK time), tune in for the fourth instal­ments of our excit­ing ZBS adven­tures, Dreams of Rio and Ruby 3: The Invis­i­ble World in The ZBS Radio Hour.
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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