From the Library — Thys Yool: An Early Music Christmas

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

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 — 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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