Handel and his Contemporaries

Georg Frid­er­ic Han­del was one of the best-known com­posers of the Baroque era, and today we’ll be fea­tur­ing his music, and that of his con­tem­po­raries.

We’ll be includ­ing the famous Water Music and Fire­works suites and oth­er works — along with the work of some care­ful­ly-cho­sen late Baroque con­tem­po­raries, such as Thomas Arne, John Blow, William Boyce, Anto­nio Vival­di, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Domeni­co Scar­lat­ti and Georg Philipp Tele­mann, and a touch of ear­li­er music of the Baroque from Pur­cell and Scar­lat­ti. J S Bach, born in the same year as Han­del, real­ly deserves his own pro­gramme — which he gets from time to time, so we trust his shade will not be par­tic­u­lar­ly upset by the fact that his work does not appear today.

Han­del was born in Ger­many and received a musi­cal train­ing in Italy before he moved to Lon­don and became a British sub­ject. He was influ­enced by the Ital­ian Baroque and Ger­man com­posers, but his own work was to impact many who came after him includ­ing Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. He died in 1759. His music has remained pop­u­lar until the present day, and par­tic­u­lar­ly so dur­ing the Vic­to­ri­an era, when reg­u­lar Han­del fes­ti­vals took place at the Crys­tal Palace in Syden­ham, South Lon­don.

You can read more about Han­del and his life in this Wikipedia arti­cle.

Zee­ber Gold

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacif­ic Time (19:00 or 03:00 in the UK) for the lat­est in our series of pro­grammes recap­tur­ing the spir­it of the 1960s era and the peo­ple who made it. This week, though, is a lit­tle odd.

THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF NOR­MAN NUMB­NOTZ, SELECT 1950’s SPEC­I­MEN
Record­ed in the late 60s, this is a humor­ous view of high school in the ear­ly 1950s in the form of four short episodes. As ZBS writer extra­or­di­naire Meat­ball Ful­ton put it, “This is so out­ra­geous, I don’t have the nerve to do any­thing like this now.”

  • TEENAGE PAIN” Nor­man, out with a hot cheer­leader, des­per­ate­ly try­ing to find a place to park and make out.
  • WHY IS THAT?” Nor­man at a dri­ve-in restau­rant try­ing to pick up chicks. You’ll be able to smell the shakes, burg­ers, ad greasy fries in this one.
  • BOOBS A ‘ PLEN­TY” This is a fine exam­ple of how the FCC can be out-foxed. It’s the first time Nor­man is able to lay his hands on a pair of boobs.
  • BAD ASS NUMB­NOTZ” A motor­cy­cle fan­ta­sy after he’d seen Mar­lon Bran­do in “The Wild One” – Nor­man thinks he’s the leader of the Bad Ass Motor­cy­cle Club. There’s a great fight scene with his arch-ene­my, Engine Block Polo­to­s­ki, leader of the Heaps-O-Spit.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme now at http://main.radioriel.org, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_in

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