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The Golden Age of English Music (1563-c1640)

The Golden Age of English Music  (1563-c1640)
Tuesday 20th June 2023 (Booking Thursday 20th April 2023) At St. Mary the Virgin Church, Hart Street, Henley
Peter Medhurst

For this Special Interest Day Peter Medhurst will explore in greater depth some of the themes of his May lecture.

The reigns of Elizabeth I and James I of England are jointly regarded as one of the great moments in English music, when composers such as William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins produced works of extraordinary originality and depth.  The Special Interest Day focuses on the various forms of music that were used at the time - lute songs, madrigals, keyboard music and church music - and throughout the day the talks are illustrated with live performances on the piano.


Flemish Virginals after Jean Couchet
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Session 1: The Golden Age of Elizabethan Music - an overview of the period examining the role that music played during the reigns of Elizabeth 1st and James I.

Session 2: Vocal music of the period: the lute song, the madrigal and the anthem.

Session 3: Instrumental music, including consort music, keyboard music, and dance music. 


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Peter appears in the UK and abroad as a musician and scholar, giving recitals and delivering illustrated lectures on music and the arts. He studied singing and early keyboard instruments at the Royal College of Music and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.