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Henry VIII was one of the most remarkable and formidable English monarchs. The portrayal of Henry as a cantankerous despot has outshone the youthful Henry who was devoted to sports and arts. In his twenties and thirties, Henry penned several secular compositions, a variety of partsongs and consorts, 34 of which were compiled in the so-called "Henry VIII manuscript". This manuscript also included works by several other musicians who passed through Henry's court, such as William Cornysh and Robert Fayrfax, and in today's programme Lucie Skeaping presents a selection of secular music from this manuscript.

PLAYLIST:

Anon: Greensleeves
I Fagiolini
The Forbury Consort
Cantoris CRCD2365
Track 19

Henry VIII: Pastyme with good companye
I Fagiolini
The Forbury Consort
Cantoris CRCD2365
Track 1

Henry VIII: Consort V (extract)
Sirinu
Chandos CHAN 0621
Track 5

Henry VIII: O my heart
The Hilliard Ensemble
Saga Classics SCD9003
Track 5

Henry VIII: Gentil prince de renom (extract)
Sirinu
Chandos CHAN 0621
Track 29

Robert Fayrfax: Somewhat musing
The Hilliard Ensemble
Saga Classics SCD9008
Track 8

Henry VIII: Consort XX (extract)
Members of the New London Consort
Saga Classics SCD9003
Track 7

Heinrich Isaac: La my (extract)
Musica Antiqua of London
Amon RA CDSAR51
Track 3

William Cornysh (jnr): A robyn, gentyl robyn
I Fagiolini
Cantoris CRCD2365
Track 5

Anon: Time to Pass with Goodly Sport / Taunder naken
The City Waites
SoundAlive SAMT008 CD
Track 22

Anon: England be Glad
The City Waites
SoundAlive SAMFNCD 301
Track 1

William Cornysh (jnr): Trolly lolly
I Fagiolini
The Forbury Consort
Cantoris CRCD2365
Track 7

Anon: I am a jolly foster
The City Waites
SoundAlive SAMFNCD 301
Track 9

Richard Pygott: Quid petis, O fili
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, director
Collins Classics 14922
Track 10

Jacques Barbireau: En frolyk weson
The Hilliard Ensemble
Members of the New London Consort
Saga Classics SCD 9003
Track 11

Henry VIII: Consort XVI
Sirinu
Chandos CHAN 0621
Track 16

Anon: Puzzle canon VI
The Hilliard Ensemble
Members of the New London Consort
Saga Classics SCD 9003
Track 17

William Cornysh (jnr): Yow and I and Amyas
Emily Van Evera, soprano
Andrew Lawrence-King
CRD 3448 CRD
Track 22

Henry VII: Helas Madame
Pro Cantione Antiqua
Harmonia Mundi GD77178
CD 2 track 9

Henry VIII: Thow that men do call it dotage
Sirinu
Chandos CHAN 0621
Track 3

Producer: Rebecca Bean
BBC Manchester

1 hour

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