From the Library: Zeroes to Twenties

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 5 March, 2009

Today’s programme features music of the first quarter of the 20th century, represented both by original recordings and by modern artists performing in the styles of the period.

The music ranges from John Philip Sousa’s band, through ragtime and early jazz, plus the Charleston and the beginnings of swing. In addition, you’ll hear a selection of music-hall and popular songs of the period — again, both from original and modern recordings — and a few historic recordings in a more classical vein. There will be music from the decks of the Titanic, and there will be dance music from the Palm Court. Thus we hope we successfully evoke the atmosphere of the early part of the last century.

For additional variety, we’ve included some modern recordings of settings of poetry of the period written by Guillaume Apollinaire, the poet who coined the word “surrealism” and died in Paris in 1918.

The picture shows the bandstand on Clapham Common, London, in the 1900s (

From the Library is produced in conjunction with the Caledon Library; today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to it on our Main Stream as follows:

If you want to have the Radio Riel Main Stream playing on your parcel, please set the media music URL to:

If you want to listen off-world, simply click here.


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