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Herbert of Cherbury

Hannah French looks at the life and legacy of an extraordinary 16th-century polymath, Edward Herbert, Lord Herbert of Cherbury.

Hannah French delves into the life and legacy of an extraordinary 16th-century polymath - Edward Herbert, Lord Herbert of Cherbury. She meets Dr John Chu, Assistant Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust who shows her the portrait of Lord Herbert currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery. John takes Hannah on a tour of Lord Herbert's haunts in central London.

Herbert is one of those vital people in the history of music – an artist and an informed observer. He was an accomplished lutenist, and compiled a book of lute music (some of which he wrote himself) which survives in manuscript. But he travelled and heard the latest and greatest music. He was in fact a soldier, diplomat, historian, poet, philosopher, and considered one of the most handsome of courtiers, even by Queen Elizabeth I. In London he heard Byrd and Bull at the Chapel Royal, in Paris he attended the Balls and Masks of the French Royal Court, and in Italy he encountered Bartolomeo Barbarino and Claudio Monteverdi. In this programme we learn more about this dashing young man, ‘in greate Esteeme both in Court and Citty’, who offered his poetry to musicians across the continent.

Image of Herbert of Cherbury, painted by Isaac Oliver, (c. 1565-1617) courtesy of National Trust Images/Todd-White Art Photography.

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  • Jakub Polak

    Sarabande

    Performer: Martin Eastwell.
    • Music & Media.
  • John Dowland

    Semper Dowland semper dolens

    Performer: Thomas Dunford.
    • Hyperion : CDA68007.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.
  • John Dowland

    Go, Crystal Tears

    Performer: Thomas Dunford. Singer: Iestyn Davies.
    • Hyperion : CDA68007.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • John Bull

    My Self

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
    • MUSICA OMNIA: M00301.
    • MUSICA OMNIA.
    • 6.
  • William Byrd

    The Great Service; Magnificat

    Ensemble: The Cardinall’s Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • HYPERION.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Branles Doubles

    Ensemble: Doulce Mémoire. Director: Denis Raisin-Dadre.
    • K617.
  • Orazio Vecchi

    Saltavan ninfe

    Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.
    • RESONUS.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Mon coeur se recommande

    Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.
    • RESONUS : RES10255.
    • RESONUS.
    • 11.
  • Alfonso Ferrabosco

    Almain in D

    Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.
    • RESONUS : RES10225.
    • RESONUS.
    • 10.
  • Bartolomeo Barbarino

    Audi dulcis amica mea

    Singer: David Hurley. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Director: Paul McCreesh.
    • ARCHIV PRODUKTION : 477 0862.
    • ARCHIV PRODUKTION.
    • 9.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Batto, qui pianse Ergasto

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN0749.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 13.
  • Lorenzo Allegri

    Gagliarda a 6: Primo ballo della Notte d'Amore

    Ensemble: Ensemble Pygmalion. Director: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Lorenzo Allegri

    Sinfonia a 6: Spirto del Ciel

    Ensemble: Ensemble Pygmalion. Director: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Antoine Boësset

    Je meurs sans mourir

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Director: Vincent Dumestre.
    • Alpha Productions.
  • Lord Herbert Of Cherbury

    Pavan of the Composition of Mee Lord Herbert of Cherbury

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Harmonia Mundi.

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