The Early Music Show

in Daily Programme

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 9 April, 2011

In today’s programme of Early Music, we feature music of the Renaissance from across Western Europe, from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

You’ll be hearing both “loud” and “soft” bands — the former including brass instruments such as the sackbutt (a proto‐trombone), shawm (a wooden reed instrument that is the predecessor of the oboe, brought to Europe from the Arab lands), rauschpfeife (an astonishingly loudcapped‐reed instrument in which, like a bagpipe chanter, the reed is enclosed and never touches the lips, in contrast to the shawm) and various forms of percussion, usually heard outdoors – not to mention bagpipes; while the latter includes quieter indoor instruments like the crumhorn, recorders, various stringed instruments and occasional keyboards.

In this programme we will be including authentic renditions of Early Music by some of the masters of the field, such as the late David Munrow, Ulsamer Collegium, the Baltimore Consort, Philip Pickett and Musica Reservata, covering both sacred and secular music. We will be including an extensive selection of music by Michael Praetorius from his vast Terpsichore dance collection, played by several different artists.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, 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:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in‐world.


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