Happy Pi Day!

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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