Random Renaissance

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by Edward Pearse on Thursday, 28 August, 2008

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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