The Light Programme: A Classical Touch

Today’s pro­gramme of Light Music focus­es on the “light orches­tral” or “light clas­si­cal” end of the spec­trum.

We can think of light music as fill­ing a gap between out-and-out clas­si­cal music, and the excep­tion­al qual­i­ty music pro­duc­tion library and film music of the 1940s-50s — the lat­ter fea­tur­ing from time to time on The Light Pro­gramme. It’s a con­tin­u­um with per­haps Sul­li­van at one end (and we’ll hear some of his Over­tures today) and maybe Coates at the oth­er – though it’s dif­fi­cult to define bound­aries. In between are com­posers like Addin­sell, Alwyn, Ketel­bey, Tom­lin­son, Binge and oth­ers, and it’s their music that we’ll be fea­tur­ing today. What these pieces and com­posers have in com­mon, is a “clas­si­cal” approach to melod­ic music. Their work is full of great tunes, and it utilis­es orches­tral forces with as much aplomb as any clas­si­cal com­pos­er. But in gen­er­al (though not always), the music is a lit­tle lighter in tone and feel.

I should note, inci­den­tal­ly, that the title “The Light Pro­gramme”, in addi­tion to ref­er­enc­ing the BBC radio ser­vice of the same name (which was renamed in 1967), also pays homage to Bri­an Kay’s pro­gramme with the same title that ran on BBC Radio 3 until 2007. Bri­an Kay is one of the key peo­ple (along with Gavin Suther­land, Ernest Tom­lin­son and friends) who has been respon­si­ble for the immense resur­gence of inter­est in Light Music in the 21st cen­tu­ry and the redis­cov­ery of these mar­vel­lous pieces of music. And if you are a lover of Light Music, please do find out more about the Light Music Soci­ety.

Then at 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, that’s 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, please join us for a mar­vel­lous new adven­ture on the ZBS Radio Hour — Jim Gur­ney’s fab­u­lous Dino­topia (see sep­a­rate entry). It’s on imme­di­ate­ly after Trav­el­ing Jack at the bot­tom of the hour.

The pic­ture shows the BBC Mid­land Light Orches­tra.

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 http://main.radioriel.org, 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: http://loudcity.com/stations/radio-riel/tune_inFor 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.

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