Musical Comedy

Today we fea­ture a genre of music that cross­es all gen­res of music: Musi­cal Com­e­dy.

Today’s pro­gramme includes every­thing from the implic­it to the (musi­cal­ly) explic­it — from Mozart’s Musi­cal Joke KV522 to Tom Lehrer’s Poi­son­ing Pigeons in the Park; from Ger­ard Hoff­nung (includ­ing his two Music Fes­ti­vals com­plete and some of his spo­ken-word pieces for good mea­sure), his Amer­i­can some­what-equiv­a­lent PDQ Bach (aka Peter Schick­ele) and Vic­tor Borge to Weird Al Yankovic (although I must admit that my Weird Al col­lec­tion isn’t a patch on that of my col­league Edward Pearse); and even Todd Rund­gren. And that’s just the begin­ning.

There’s Steam­punk (both punk and rap). There are music-hall songs. There’s clas­si­cal and qua­si-neo-clas­si­cal, includ­ing the Muf­fin Men Ensem­ble play­ing Frank Zap­pa (you can’t imag­ine how long I’ve want­ed to play that on Radio Riel), Apoc­a­lyp­ti­ca play­ing Metal­li­ca on four cel­los and Ron­del­lus deliv­er­ing 14th cen­tu­ry inter­pre­ta­tions of Black Sab­bath. And of course there are Flan­ders and Swann and the Bon­zo Bog Doo-Dah Band (and their inspi­ra­tions!). And Chris­tine Lavin. And we would­n’t want to miss the Lime Jel­lo Marsh­mal­low Cot­tage Cheese Sur­prise, now, would we?

Although all the music today has a sense of humour, you will expe­ri­ence some espe­cial­ly wild and wacky tran­si­tions dur­ing the course of the pro­gramme. Keep your ears on.

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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