From the Library: Zeroes to Twenties

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:

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