From the Library — Thys Yool: An Early Music Christmas

Today’s pro­gramme includes music from the Mid­dle Ages through the Eliz­a­bethan peri­od and occa­sion­al­ly beyond. It fea­tures a fair amount of sea­son­al mate­r­i­al (not every track, or you’ll be bored stiff with the stuff by the end of the month), rang­ing from Mar­tin Best’s record­ings of Mediæ­val songs and car­ols through to the acapel­la work of Coope, Boyes and Simp­son.

Some of the songs per­formed by the lat­ter are record­ed as hav­ing been heard as late as the 19th cen­tu­ry, but most date from a great deal ear­li­er. They were often brought into the cities from more rur­al areas as the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion got under­way and coun­try­side sea­son­al tra­di­tions were trans­plant­ed into new urban com­mu­ni­ties.

Coope, Boyes and Simp­son’s work in this area is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ing, and you will often hear some­what famil­iar lyrics with very unfa­mil­iar tunes. The trio often per­form sea­son­al con­certs around this time of year and you may be able to attend one if you live in the UK. For more details, see their con­cert list­ing. The trio also presents an aston­ish­ing body of World War I mate­r­i­al which is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed.

The pic­ture shows the frozen Thames in 1677 – Frost Fairs were held on the Thames on sev­er­al occa­sions between 1607 and 1814.

• From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. 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 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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