Music from the Time of Austen & Gainsborough

Today’s pro­gramme takes us back to the the 18th and the begin­ning of the 19th cen­turies, with music from the time of nov­el­ist Jane Austen (1775–1817) and the painter (Thomas) Gains­bor­ough (1728–1788) — in oth­er words, music that takes us from the late Baroque to the ear­ly Clas­si­cal peri­od.

How­ev­er (writes Elrik Mer­lin), I have tried to keep away from the obvi­ous choic­es from this peri­od: there’s lit­tle J S Bach in the pro­gramme today for exam­ple, although there are some pieces from Johann Chris­t­ian Bach, his youngest son; and I’ve omit­ted the more obvi­ous works of Han­del. There are works by Pur­cell, includ­ing the orig­i­nal piece that formed the inspi­ra­tion for Brit­ten’s Young Per­son­’s Guide to the Orches­tra, the Ron­deau from Abde­lazar; songs and con­cer­ti by Boyce and Arne; and some com­posers you may not have heard of, such as the younger and elder Lin­leys, Dib­din, and the Earl of Abing­don, the works of whom were includ­ed in Jane Austen’s per­son­al music col­lec­tion, and in some cas­es were friends, acquain­tances and sub­jects of Gains­bor­ough’s paint­ings.

The ZBS Radio Hour

And don’t for­get to join us at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, that’s 18:00 and 02:00 GMT this week only, for two excit­ing adven­tures from our friends at ZBS Foun­da­tion in the ZBS Radio Hour. At the top of the hour, Jack Flan­ders returns to where it all began — his aun­t’s mys­te­ri­ous Vic­to­ri­an man­sion where all man­ner of strange goings-on unfurled and he dis­cov­ered many oth­er worlds both with­in and with­out, over 35 years ago, in Part 6 of Return to Inver­ness. Then at the bot­tom of the hour it’s Ruby the Galac­tic Gumshoe, in Part 6 of Ruby 5.

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 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

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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