Music of Yesteryear

Today, join us for a pro­gramme of pop­u­lar music from the Vic­to­ri­an and Edwar­dian eras.

The range is broad, from bal­lads (both from the UK as well as from North Amer­i­ca) and music-hall songs to pieces we now regard as “clas­si­cal” such as Strauss waltzes, piano and orches­tral pieces by Erik Satie, and operettas such as those by Gilbert & Sul­li­van and Lionel Mon­ck­ton, who can be legit­i­mate­ly regard­ed as the father of the mod­ern musi­cal.

You may con­clude that the music world of today is at least no more var­ied and inter­est­ing than that of over a cen­tu­ry ago.

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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