Sounding Brass!

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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