Handel and his Contemporaries

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main, Zeeber Gold

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 26 June, 2013

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.

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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