From the Library: Vox Humana

The Choir at York Min­ster

Today we fea­ture the orig­i­nal musi­cal instru­ment: the human voice, through sev­er­al forms of vocal music that demon­strate the ver­sa­til­i­ty and beau­ty of the voice, pri­mar­i­ly in the form of mul­ti­ple voic­es.

The col­lec­tion is eclec­tic (rang­ing from the Mid­dle Ages to the present), but not exhaus­tive. There is a range of choral music from Tallis onwards; mod­ern choral-style per­for­mances from the likes of Lib­era, Welsh folk-choirs, and there are folk ensem­bles like Coope, Boyes and Simp­son, and Chum­bawam­ba. There is a small selec­tion of solo vocal music, rang­ing from the Mar­tin Best Medi­ae­val Ensem­ble to Eva Cas­sidy, but most of the works you’ll be hear­ing today are from mul­ti­ple voic­es, often in close har­mo­ny.

Some styles have been delib­er­ate­ly exclud­ed, notably Opera, which deserves a day all of its own.

And of course, it’s Sat­ur­day, so do join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 and 03:00 in the UK) for the lat­est instal­ments of our ZBS Radio Hour series: Dreams of Rio fol­lowed at the half-hour by Ruby 3: The Invis­i­ble World.

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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