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The World Encompassed

Catherine Bott traces Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe through a mixture of new and old music written and compiled by Orlando Gough and performed on viols by Fretwork.

As part of the Early Music Show's "Fretwork Weekend", Catherine Bott traces Sir Francis Drake's heroic circumnavigation of the Globe through a mixture of new and old music written and compiled by Orlando Gough and performed on viols by Fretwork.

"The World Encompassed" was commissioned by Fretwork, inspired by the knowledge that Drake had with him on board his ship, The Golden Hind, his own consort of viols, who would play for prayers and for entertainment. Fascinated by the diverse range of cultures and the different kinds of music that Drake would have witnessed, Fretwork invited composer Orlando Gough to blend a mixture of period viol pieces alongside new music that would evoke the period and the places and the adventures that Drake and his crew were known to have encountered. The result is a large scale piece called "The World Encompassed"; a depiction of Drake's voyage in music for viols. The programme features highlights from the piece.

Catherine Bott talks to Orlando Gough about the work, and about some of the colourful events from Drake's voyage. The music was recorded at a live concert given by Fretwork as part of the 2010 York Early Music Festival, from the Gallery of Harewood House. As well as items by Gough, "The World Encompassed" includes 16th Century music by John Taverner, Robert Parsons, Luys Milan, Orlando Mudarra and Christopher Tye.

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Sun 13 Feb 2011 13:00

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Music Played

  • Orlando Gough

    The World Encompassed: "Mogador"

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Orlando Gough

    The World Encompassed: "Leaving Plymouth: Plymouth"

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Robert Parsons

    The Song Called Trumpets

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Anon.

    Preserve us O Lord (prayer for the success of the voyage)

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • John Taverner

    In Nomine

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Orlando Gough

    The World Encompassed: "Cape Verde"

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • [traditional]

    Fortune my Foe

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Orlando Gough / Traditional

    The World Encompassed: "Port Desire"/Hornpipe

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Robert Parsons

    In Nomine no.2

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Luis de Mil├ín

    Fantasia

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Robert Parsons

    De La Court

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Alonso Mudarra

    Fantasia

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Orlando Gough

    The World Encompassed: "Albion"

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Christopher Tye

    Sit Fast

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Orlando Gough

    The World Encompassed: "Java"

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.
  • Robert Parsons

    The Song called Trumpets

    Performers: Fretwork

    • BBC recording made at 2010 York Early Music Festival.

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