Welcome the Woodwinds

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 30 May, 2015

Today’s programme features members of the woodwind family — oboe, clarinet, flute, bassoon, recorder and more, including the gamut of Early Music woodwinds like the shawn (the predecessor of the oboe), curtal (a proto‐bassoon) and crumhorn.

Of course, the majority of orchestral music includes a woodwind section, so the criterion for inclusion in today’s show was that a member of the woodwind family is the lead instrument — a “wind band” is not sufficient (and they’re generally usually brass‐heavy anyway), but a concerto for bassoon (yes there is at least one) counts.

Is the saxophone a woodwind or a brass instrument? Well, it’s a woodwind! Says Wikipedia: “A woodwind instrument is a musical instrument that produces sound when the player blows air against a sharp edge or through a reed, causing the air within its resonator (usually a column of air) to vibrate. Most of these instruments are made of wood but can be made of other materials, such as metal or plastic.” So they are in.

The majority of today’s programme features music from the Baroque and Classical eras (speaking broadly here), but there is some Renaissance music too (and a little mediaeval) plus occasionally more recent works, including some light orchestral compositions and some modern pieces by composers like Chris Gunning and Richard Harvey.

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. If you are in the United States or Canada, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside North America, click here to start your player .

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elithea May 31, 2015 at 05:41

really miss the main stream on tune-in rado-it's been off for a week or moer! sure hope it'll be coming back as that's how i'm set up to listen. i like listening to reverie, of course, but not all the time 🙁


Elrik Merlin June 3, 2015 at 01:47

This is a problem at Tune In's end. We have reported it but we haven't had a response yet. I wonder if, in the meantime, you have a player on your computer that you can use - more or less any Internet player, such as iTunes, WinAmp, or the free VLC player (http://videolan.org). If so, plug in one of these URLs and you should hear it: http://music.radioriel.org or http://moto.slserver.com:8020/listen.pls

Meanwhile we are doing our best to raise this problem with TuneIn and hope to be back there soon.



Elrik Merlin June 5, 2015 at 15:18

This has now been fixed and you should be able to access the Main Stream as normal on TuneIn.


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