From the Library: Victorian Vision

Fri­day’s From the Library con­tin­ues aspects of yes­ter­days theme, but with a slight­ly dif­fer­ent focus. We start with a selec­tion of Vien­nese Waltzes and broad­en out to cov­er oth­er dance and pop­u­lar music of the Vic­to­ri­an and Edwar­dian eras.

The pro­gramme con­sists pri­mar­i­ly of mod­ern per­for­mances, but also includ­ed are the orig­i­nal record­ings of a num­ber of pop­u­lar ‘hits’ of the peri­od 1901–1920.

Today you will hear a selec­tion of Strauss waltzes and oth­er pieces char­ac­ter­is­tic of a Vien­nese evening or a for­mal ball; bal­lads and melodies of the peri­od; and even a few record­ings of mechan­i­cal instru­ments pop­u­lar at the turn of the cen­tu­ry.

In addi­tion to attend­ing for­mal balls and dances, and espe­cial­ly before the advent of the phono­graph, the gramo­phone, and lat­er the wire­less, it was cus­tom­ary to enter­tain friends and fam­i­ly at home with musi­cal soirées, in which the par­tic­i­pants would sing and accom­pa­ny each oth­er, typ­i­cal­ly on the piano. Some of the songs they sang are includ­ed here in set­tings appro­pri­ate to home enter­tain­ments of the peri­od.

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 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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