Sounding Brass!

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 30 January, 2013

Today’s programme focuses on brass instruments, with genres that range from Roman times to contemporary pieces.

Thus the music today ranges 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.

There are also some astonishing pieces that use brass instrumentation in a different and extremely moving way — such as the colliery brass band arrangements on Kate Rusby’s My Young Man and Underneath the Stars and on Peter Skellern’s You’re a Lady (which not only features a brass band arrangement — it has almost everything else you can imagine). All these gems are in today’s playlist.

Then join us at 11am or 7pm Pacific / 19:00 or 03:00 GMT for the latest classic interview from the 1970s. This week it’s Jimi Hendrix (see separate entry).

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. 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:

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


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