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Passions on the Death of Prince Henry

Catherine Bott introduces vocal music written as an outpouring of grief on the death of Prince Henry, the elder son of James I of England, after he died suddenly at the age of 18.

400 years ago Prince Henry, the elder son of James I of England, died at the age of 18 after contracting typhoid he developed after an ill-advised dip in the River Thames. There was a national outpouring of grief and many composers wrote musical tributes, including several settings of the text 'When David Heard'. Catherine Bott introduces some of this music, performed by the vocal ensemble Gallicantus and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, under director Gabriel Crouch, recorded earlier this year at the York Early Music Festival.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Robert Ramsey

    What teares, dear prince

    Performers: Christopher Watson (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

    • BBC recording.
  • Thomas Ford

    Tis now dead night

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • William Cranford

    Weep, weep Britons

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • John Ward

    No object dearer

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • Thomas Weelkes

    O Jonathan

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • Thomas Weelkes

    When David heard

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    When David heard

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • Thomas Vautor

    Melpomene bewail

    Performer: Amy Moore (soprano), Mark Chambers (countertenor) & Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

    • BBC recording.
  • Robert Ramsey

    Sleep fleshly birth

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • John Coprario

    So parted you

    Performers: Mark Chambers (tenor), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

    • BBC recording.
  • John Coprario

    When pale famine

    Performers: Gabriel Crouch (baritone), Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

    • BBC recording.
  • John Ward

    Weep forth your tears

    Performers: Gallicantus

    • BBC recording.
  • Robert Ramsey

    What teares, dear prince

  • Thomas Ford

    'Tis now dead night

  • William Cranford

    Weep, weep Britons

  • John Ward

    No object dearer

  • Thomas Weelkes

    O Jonathan

  • Thomas Weelkes

    When David heard

  • Thomas Tomkins

    When David heard

  • Thomas Vautor

    Melpomene bewail

  • Robert Ramsey

    Sleep fleshly birth

  • John Coprario

    So parted you

  • John Coprario

    When pale famine

  • John Ward

    Weep forth your tears

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