From the Library: Two English Composers

Today’s pro­gramme promi­nent­ly fea­tures the work of two well-known Eng­lish com­posers of the first half of the 20th cen­tu­ry or so: Ralph Vaugh­an Williams and Sir Edward Elgar.

Ralph (pro­nounced “Rafe”) Vaugh­an Williams (1872–1958) is one of Britain’s best-loved com­posers, and one who is at last becom­ing more wide­ly recog­nised as a tru­ly great fig­ure in the world of music. Today we are play­ing per­for­mances of many of his best-known works along with some that will be less famil­iar.

No-one could be regard­ed as more ‘Eng­lish’ than Sir Edward Elgar (1857–1934). We will be play­ing a selec­tion of his works, some well-known – such as the Pomp and Cir­cum­stance March­es – and some much more sel­dom heard, includ­ing the Nurs­ery Suite, which British lis­ten­ers with long mem­o­ries might pos­si­bly remem­ber as being played on com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion on 1960s after­noons between Schools pro­grammes. Includ­ed in the pro­gramme today is a per­for­mance of the lat­ter con­duct­ed by Sir Edward him­self. You will also hear the mag­nif­i­cent Enig­ma Vari­a­tions – the orig­i­nal theme to which remains a mys­tery to this day – and a wide selec­tion of oth­er works by the com­pos­er.

In addi­tion we will be play­ing a few pieces from oth­er British com­posers of the same peri­od such as Fred­er­ick Delius, Gus­tav Holst and Sir Arthur Bliss – includ­ing the lat­ter’s suite Things to Come, based on his music for William Cameron Men­zies’ 1936 film adap­ta­tion of HG Wells’ book The Shape of Things to Come.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, to inform, edu­cate and enter­tain. Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://music.radioriel.org — the ide­al URL to plug into 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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