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16th-century England boasted a musical culture unparalleled anywhere on the continent. Today, Donald explores the conditions that let composers flourish under Elizabeth I's rule.

The composers of 16th-century England flourished under the rule of Elizabeth I, rapidly developing a diverse musical culture unparalleled anywhere on the continent, a truly Golden Age for English music. In this week of programmes Donald Macleod explores six composers who were key to this ascent - Thomas Morley, John Bull, Peter Philips, Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tomkins. These composers were all active at around the same time as the “Father of British Musick” William Byrd and John Dowland, and all either studied or worked with Byrd, but they don’t often receive the same attention as those more famous names. In Monday’s programme, Donald explores the circumstances which allowed the six composers to flourish under Elizabeth I's rule.

Morley: It was a Lover and his lass
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Elizabeth Kenny, lute

Tomkins: Fantasia a 6 no. 18
Phantasm

Tomkins: Too Much I Once Lamented (for Byrd)
Le Cris de Paris
Geoffroy Jourdain, director

Bull: Chromatic Pavan and Galliard MB 87a/b
Sophie Yates, virginals

Philips: Hodie beata Virgo Maria; Surgens Jesus; Ave Verum Corpus (Cantiones Sacrae 1612, Vol I)
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge
Richard Marlow, conductor

Gibbons: Prelude in D minor
Laurence Cummings, organ

Gibbons: See, See the World is Incarnate
Robin Blaze, countertenor
Oxford Camerata
Laurence Cummings, organ
Jeremy Summerly, conductor

Weelkes: As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending
I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth, conductor

Morley: Hard by a Crystal Fountain
I Fagiolini
Robert Hollingworth, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Thomas Morley

    It was a lover and his lass

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
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    • 7.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Fantasia a 6 No 18

    Ensemble: Phantasm.
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    • 1.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Too Much I Once Lamented

    Performer: Les Cris de Paris. Performer: Geoffroy Jourdain.
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    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 1.
  • John Bull

    Chromatic Pavan and Galliard, MB 87a/b

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
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    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Peter Philips

    Hodie beata virgo Maria

    Performer: Richard Marlow. Choir: Trinity College Of Music Choir.
    • CHANDOS CHAN0770.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Peter Philips

    Ave verum Corpus Christi

    Performer: Richard Marlow. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.
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    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Prelude in D minor

    Performer: Laurence Cummings.
    • NAXOS 8553130.
    • NAXOS 8553130.
    • 7.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    See, see, the Word is Incarnate

    Performer: Laurence Cummings. Singer: Robin Blaze. Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS 8553130.
    • NAXOS 8553130.
    • 6.
  • Thomas Weelkes

    As Vesta was from Latmos Hill descending

    Performer: David Miller. Choir: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN0682.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 30.
  • Thomas Morley

    Hard by a Crystal Fountain

    Performer: David Miller. Choir: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN0682.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 27.

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