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Elizabethan England (03:13)


During the reign of Elizabeth I, drama, music, painting, architecture, and literature. The popularization of the arts somewhat negated dependence on the church and court. Sir Thomas Morley’s "Fire, Fire, My Heart" is included.

Italian Madrigals (04:09)

In 1588, a book of Italian madrigals was first published in England. These madrigals required single voices of different ranges. A performance in English of Marenzio’s "Dolorous Mournful Cares" is included.

Thomas Weelkes (03:00)

A performance of Thomas Weelkes’ "As Vesta Was from Latmos Hill Descending" is included. Viewers learn the story of the song.

Antony Holburn (01:26)

Anthony Hoiburn was one of the finest trumpeters in England. A performance of Holburn’s "The Honeysuckle" is included.

John Dowland (01:33)

After the human voice, the most popular musical instruments were the lute and the viola. Dowland’s "Mistress Winter’s Jump" is included.

Dowland's Book of Songs (02:53)

Viewers see a reproduction of one of John Dowland's book of songs. The book was dedicated to the Countess of Bedford. John Dowland had a reputation for writing sad songs. "I Saw My Lady Weep" is included.

John Dowland's Song of Passion (02:40)

John Dowland had a reputation for writing sad songs. "Sleep Wayward Thoughts," however, is about a passionate lover. A performance of the madrigal is included in this segment.

John Dowlands Song of Everyday Events (02:29)

John Dowland's ability to connect with everyday happenings can be heard in "Fine Knacks for Ladies." A performance of this madrigal is included.

William Byrd's Sacred Madrigals (04:03)

The greatest and most versatile composer of the Elizabethan age was William Byrd. He kept alive the music of the Roman Catholic liturgy. One of his madrigals Gaudeamus Omnes," is performed in this segment.

John Bull's "Galliard" (02:00)

Most of the Elizabethan composers wrote songs for the virginal (a version of the harpsichord.) John Bull's "Galliard," written for the virginal is performed in this segment.

Orlando Gibbons--"What Is Our Life" (03:14)

Orlando Gibbons became known as the last of the Elizabethans. He became organist to her successor James the First. A performance of Gibbons’ "What Is Our Life" is included.

Orlando Gibbons--Passing of the Golden Age (01:57)

Orlando Gibbons' "The Silver Swan" marks the passing of the Golden Age of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth. A performance of Gibbon's last madrigal is performed.

Florentine Camerata (03:15)

The Florentine Camerata, a gathering of writers and musicians, regularly met to discuss art and experiment with form that resulted in a kind of music drama. A performance of Caccini’s "Amarille Mea Bella" is included.

Claudio Monteverdi (05:08)

Monteverdi’s "L’Orfeo" is considered the first opera even heard. Its debut in 1607 took place in Mantua, Italy. An excerpt from the opera is performed in this segment.

Composer Biagio Marini (01:57)

Biagio Marini was one of the first to write very difficult pieces to show off an instrumentalist's virtuosity. One such piece is Marini’s "Sonata for Two Violins," performed here.

Composer John Adson (01:58)

In England, John Adson's masques. A performance of his "Courtly Masquing Airs" is included.

Jean-Baptiste Lully (05:36)

Fashionable music in Europe was becoming more spectacular and more theatrical. Jean-Baptiste Lully came under the patronage of Louis XIV of France. Excerpts from "Alceste" are included.

Henry Purcell (06:12)

At the age of twenty, Henry Purcell had become organist at Westminster Abbey. One of his greatest works is "Ode to St. Cecilia," written in 1692. The Ode is performed in this segment.

Credits: The Golden Age (01:16)

Credits: The Golden Age

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This program covers the wealth of music during the age of Elizabeth I in England and its spread from the Church and the courts to the middle classes; the emergence of opera in Italy and France; the celebration of St. Cecilia; Elizabethan madrigals. Music of Byrd, Purcell, Monteverdi, and Lully is performed by Anthony Rooley and the Consort of Musicke, the Taverners Choir, London, and the Zurich Opera. Contents include excerpts from: Morley’s Fire, Fire, My Heart; Marenzio’s Dolorous Mournful Cares; Weelkes’ As Vesta Was From Latmos Hill Descending; Holburn’s The Honeysuckle; Dowland’s Mistress Winter’s Jump, I Saw My Lady Weep, Sleep Wayward Thoughts, Fine Knacks for Ladies; Byrd’s Gaudeamus Omnes; John Bull’s Galliard; Gibbons’ What Is Our Life, The Silver Swan; Caccini’s Amarille Mea Bella; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Marini’s Sonata for Two Violins; Adson’s Courtly Masquing Airs; Lully’s Alceste; Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia. (58 minutes)

Length: 59 minutes

Item#: BVL718

ISBN: 978-0-7365-5843-3

Copyright date: ©1982

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