Happy Pi Day!

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by Gabrielle Riel on Saturday, 14 March, 2009

It’s March 14 — Pi Day!

In honor of the venerable mathematical constant, today Radio Riel features music by one of the most “mathematical” composers…

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity. Although he introduced no new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivaled control of harmonic and motivic organization in composition for diverse musical forces, and the adaptation of rhythms and textures from abroad, particularly Italy and France.

There are also two “special” presentations on the schedule for today:

10:00am SLT — Wind in the Willows Listening Party
Chapter 3: The Wild Wood
Tinyville Library, Caledon Tanglewood

Come as a character from Kenneth Grahame’s novel, The Wind in the Willows, and join us as we listen to, and discuss, a new chapter each month of the adventures of the shy but loyal Mole, the poetical Water Rat, the brave Otter, the gruff but kindly Mr. Badger, the vainglorious Toad, and all the other creatures of wood, stream, and field who populate this much-loved story.

1:00pm SLT — Morimur

Morimur performed by the Hilliard Ensemble with Christoph Poppen – A concert created as an “argument and proof” that Bach wrote his D minor Partita for solo violin, various chorales, and the famous Ciaccona as an epitaph for his first wife.

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s music originates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen to the program now at, or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player.


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