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Richard III

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 June 2013

Lucie Skeaping and musicologist David Skinner consider the music that might have been heard by Richard III.

In September last year archeologists from Leicester University made the exciting discovery in a car park of a Medieval skeleton which was later proved to be that of King Richard III. Thanks largely to Shakespeare's portrayal of Richard as a dysfunctional, ambitious and murderous villain, the character of the Yorkist king has been much discussed over the centuries, in spite of the fact that he was only on the English throne for two years before being killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

For this edition of The Early Music Show, the Cambridge musicologist and director of the vocal ensemble Alamire - David Skinner - takes Lucie Skeaping to the Northamptonshire village of Fotheringhay, where Richard III was born, and talks about the kind of music he might have heard during his lifetime, which spans an exciting and fast moving period in the history of musical composition in England.

Music Played

11 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for John Dunstable

    John Dunstable Speciosa facta es

    Performers: Orlando Consort

    METRONOME, MET CD 1009

  • Image for Frankes

    Frankes Quene note [tenor melody with discant; Bodleian MS Digby 167, c.1470]

    Performers: The York Waits

    SAYDISC, CD-SDL 364

  • Image for [anonymous]

    [anonymous] Agincourt Carol

    Performers: Alamire, David Skinner (director)

    Obsidian, CD709

  • Image for [anonymous]

    [anonymous] En amours n'a si non bien

    Performer: Margaret Philpot (contralto)

    HYPERION, CDA 66194

  • Image for Walter Frye

    Walter Frye So ys emprinted (extract)

    Performers: Christopher Page (medieval harp), Christopher Wilson (lute)

    HYPERION, CDA 66194

  • Image for John Plummer

    John Plummer Tota Pulchra Es

    Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    COLLINS CLASSICS, 14622

  • Image for Gilles de Bins dit Binchois

    Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Qui veut mesdire

    Performers: Shirley Rumsey, Christopher Wilson and Christopher Page (lutes)

    HYPERION, CDA 66783

  • Image for [anonymous]

    [anonymous] Plainchant - Requiem eternam (extract)

    Performers: The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)

    ASV, CD GAU 196

  • Image for John Dunstable

    John Dunstable Descendi in ortum meum

    Performer: The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)

    ASV, CD GAU 196

  • Image for Richard Davy

    Richard Davy O Domine celi terreque

    Performers: The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (conductor)

    ASV, CD GAU 196

  • Image for William Cornysh

    William Cornysh Ave Maria

    Performers: The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

    CORO, Coro 16022

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