Random Renaissance

Music broad­cast today is a col­lec­tion of var­i­ous mod­ern record­ings of renais­sance or renais­sance-inspired music.

The renais­sance is a broad term used by mod­ern his­to­ri­ans to describe a peri­od of social change across Europe from approx­i­mate­ly the 14th cen­tu­ry to the 17th cen­tu­ry. Changes in thought, art, archi­tec­ture and knowl­edge. The Euro­pean expe­di­tions into the Mid­dle East dur­ing the Cru­sades put them in touch with for­eign ideas and “lost” knowl­edge. This infor­ma­tion slow­ly trick­led out into the world (no pho­to­copiers, text mes­sages or Face­book to pro­mote these things then!) and schol­ars redis­cov­ered clas­si­cal Greek and Ara­bic thoughts and beliefs of how the world works.

As with any change in soci­ety, it’s music changed too. Instru­ments were altered, improved and invent­ed, giv­ing new sounds. New sto­ries were dis­cov­ered that could be told and sung about. Even music itself began to be stud­ied as some­thing that could be improved.

Radio Riel pro­duces “From the Library” in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s music orig­i­nates from the music library of Edward Pearse.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://music.radioriel.org, or vis­it the Radio Riel offices in Cale­don Pen­zance or any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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