Music for the Royal Fireworks

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 5 November, 2011

Today it’s November 5th, and in the UK that means Bonfire Night, when we celebrate (I suppose that’s what we do) the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

The plan was to blow up the House of Lords during the State Opening of England’s Parliament on 5 November 1605, as the prelude to a popular revolt in the Midlands during which King James’s nine-year-old daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was to be installed as the Catholic head of state. These days, we might also recall the movie (and original graphic novel) V for Vendetta, from which the ‘anonymous’ Guy Fawkes masks often seen on today’s streets originate, and which depicted a modern-day personal revolt against oppression.

Today, therefore, we’re going to be playing some Music for Fireworks – but in the form of Handel’s music for the occasion depicted above. The image is of a hand-coloured woodcut, A Perspective View of the Magnificent Structure Erected in the Green Park for the Royal Fire Works exhibited the 27 of April 1749, on account of the General Peace. In addition we’ll be playing a wide selection of music from other composers of the period.

The ZBS Radio Hour

Then join us at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time, that’s 18:00 and 02:00 GMT this week, for two more award-winning drama installments from our friends at ZBS Foundation, in the ZBS Radio Hour. At the top of the hour, we continue the adventures of Jack Flanders in Traveling Jack; then at the bottom of the hour it’s another series of short stories from the little town of Saratoga Springs.

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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