From the Library: Water Musics

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 30 August, 2010

Today’s theme is ‘Water’ and the selections are extraordinarily diverse, from traditional and modern songs of the sea, of ships, and of those who sail in them; to pieces written to evoke rivers and lakes; to items where the water is only imaginary, such as a series of compositions about a voyage to the Moon in a sailing ship, and Karl Jenkins’s Imagined Oceans. The styles are equally eclectic, ranging from folk to light to classical and New Age music, and there’s even a bit of contemporary popular material.
We hope you will find the programme enjoyable and that it will keep you guessing, not only about what is coming up next, but on occasion what the connection with the central theme actually is: it’s in there somewhere, even if it’s not obvious from title and artist. Spot the tracks from Malcolm Ironton and others from Rick Stein – a Musical Odyssey for example, or Are We To Part Like This from Mary Jane Newman. What is their connection with water? (Answers below*.)

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 Outside the United States you can tune in on 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.
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*Rick Stein runs a restaurant in Padstow, Cornwall, specialising in seafood, and this album is from music used in his BBC TV series on cooking with seafood around the British Isles. Are We To Part Like This is taken from Mary Jane Newman’s album of music played on the maiden voyage of the SS Titanic.

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