The Musical Magpie: Scandinavian Sampler

The Musical Magpie

Today’s pro­gram from the Musi­cal Mag­pie will fea­ture a sam­pling of tra­di­tion­al folk music from Scan­di­navia (with one ven­ture into the Baltic). Most of the tunes are either dance tunes or derived from them. Today from 12:30–2:00 pm Pacif­ic or Sec­ond Life time.

Lis­ten on Radio Riel Main or Volksmusik, or join us for a lis­ten­ing par­ty in Sec­ond Life at the Musi­cal Mag­pie.

Tune in to Radio Riel month­ly on the sec­ond Sun­day of the month from 12:30–2:00 pm Pacif­ic or Sec­ond Life time for The Musi­cal Mag­pie.


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Main: From Classical to Romantic

Today we explore a lit­tle of the music writ­ten at the bor­ders of the Clas­si­cal and Roman­tic eras, focus­ing on the work of some well-known com­posers born in the last 30 years of the 18th Cen­tu­ry.

This is not as lim­it­ing a clas­si­fi­ca­tion as it might sound:  Lud­wig Van Beethoven was born in 1770 and is wide­ly regard­ed as the first Roman­tic com­pos­er.

Roman­ti­cism was a move­ment that swept through the arts as a whole dur­ing this peri­od, large­ly as a reac­tion to the per­ceived mate­ri­al­ism of the Enlight­en­ment and the march of the Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion. With its oppo­si­tion to aris­to­crat­ic soci­ety it took inspi­ra­tion from the French Rev­o­lu­tion and val­ued emo­tion, nat­u­ral­ism, folk art and wilder expe­ri­ence. Think of Lord Byron and his life and work and you have it.

Today we will hear some of the music that ush­ered in the Roman­tic era — and some of the com­posers it influ­enced. In addi­tion to quite a library of Beethoven, you’ll hear Donizetti, Rossi­ni, Schu­bert and Pagani­ni. You’ll also hear the work of mod­ern com­posers inspired by their works, from Brit­ten and Rach­mani­nov to Andrew Lloyd Web­ber. There’s also a mar­vel­lous piece by Eric Fen­by, amanu­en­sis to Fred­er­ic Delius, inspired by Rossi­ni and enti­tled Rossi­ni on Ilk­ley Moor.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

A Baroque Collection

Today we present a con­cert of Baroque works from a var­ied range of com­posers includ­ing Bach, Vival­di, Han­del, Rameau, Arne, Boyce and oth­ers, includ­ing per­for­mances of all kinds from solo instru­men­tal­ists to cham­ber groups to full orches­tral ensem­bles (and the odd elec­tron­ic real­i­sa­tion). And lots of twid­dly bits.

You’ll hear recorder con­cer­tos from Vival­di, key­board vari­a­tions from Bach, Han­del’s Music for the Roy­al Fire­works and Water Music suites, and works by Boyce includ­ing the Shep­herd’s Lot­tery — and lots more.


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. 

Click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App, or on Online Radio Box — with a com­plete playlist for the past sev­en days.

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