Sounding Brass!

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by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 3 December, 2011

The type of instrumentation we most associate with this time of year — in the West at any rate — is brass. Brass and choirs.

Today’s programme focuses on brass instruments, with genres that range from Early Music to contemporary pieces. But! Butbutbutbut! It’s too early for seasonal music — really! So while the odd piece might have slipped in that you might expect to hear more often around this end of the year, today’s playlist is a great deal broader than that, and any Christmas music is, believe me, purely unintentional.

Thus the genres range from ancient and early music, through Baroque and classical, to Victorian and military brass bands, to ragtime, trad jazz, a touch of big band, right up to modern works including a marvellous suite of pieces for wind band inspired by the works of Shakespeare. Patriotic songs next to New Orleans brass bands.

This will all lead to some remarkable juxtapositions — and a few surprises.

The ZBS Radio Hour — including Dinotopia

Then join us at 19:00 and 03:00 GMT — that’s 11am and 7pm Pacific — for the latest award-winning radio drama in the ZBS Radio Hour. At the top of the hour today we continue the adventures of Traveling Jack, while at half past the hour we bring you Part 2 of the amazing ZBS dramatisation of Jim Gurney’s Dinotopia. Don’t miss it!

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.

 Image: Photographed by and copyright of © David Corby (User:Miskatonic, uploader) 2006, via Wikimedia Commons


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