From the Library: Waltz Into the Week

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 22 March, 2010

Today’s programme is in 3/4 time, and explores the waltz as a musical form. But you’ll hear a lot more than members of the Strauss family in today’s programme. Instead the music comes from a great range of genres, from bluegrass and country to classics, ECD, folk, New Age, big band and much more. You’ll perhaps be surprised how all‐pervasive the form can be.

Indeed, if you consult the Wikipedia entry on the Waltz, you’ll find that the use of the word is not restricted to “waltzes”: in the 19th century,“waltzing” referred to a gliding, turning movement in a dance, whatever that dance was. You would “waltz” while doing the polka, for example.

However today’s programme does not exploit such technical loopholes. In virtually all cases today, the music is in 3/4 time and in many cases has the word “waltz” in the title. The different kinds of waltz from so many genres provides, we think you’ll find, quite enough variety.

From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at — or click here to link straight to your player if your browser is set up to do so. Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin.

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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