Music of the 20s & 30s

Today’s pro­gramme on Radio Riel focus­es on the music of the 20s and 30s.

It’s the first of two pro­grammes cov­er­ing the peri­od between the end of the First World War and the end of the Big Band era pri­or to the advent of rock­’n’roll. Thus tomor­row’s show focus­es on the music of the 1940s.

In both cas­es, the pro­gramme is a mix­ture of pre­dom­i­nant­ly orig­i­nal record­ings plus mod­ern per­for­mances of the songs and dance music of the peri­od. There is also an inevitable over­lap between the two pro­grammes.

Today we will be fea­tur­ing the music of two mod­ern bands that have cap­tured the mood and feel­ing of the 20s and 30s. One is Max Raabe and the Palast Orch­ester, who moved on from their big band pas­tich­es of mod­ern pop songs to authen­ti­cal­ly recre­ate the music of the time of the Weimar Repub­lic, when Berlin was a cap­i­tal of the arts. The oth­er is the 14-piece San Fran­cis­co Starlight Orches­tra, which was start­ed in 1984 by John Howard as an authen­tic 1920s “nov­el­ty dance orches­tra”, with the goal of being true to the full instru­men­ta­tion and sound of the era. We’ll also hear peri­od music from the Mighty Wurl­itzer cin­e­ma organ orig­i­nal­ly installed in the Regal Cin­e­ma in Kingston Upon Thames and now in the Brent­ford Musi­cal Muse­um.

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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