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Thursday, 18 October, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Busan Choral Festival

Queen of Muses

The reign of the great Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, saw an unparalleled flowering of the arts in England. The ‘Virgin Queen’, herself a talented musician, presided over a court which revelled in the skill of great composers such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and John Dowland. This programme explores the way music was used to gain favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats and even by suitors, seeking to gain the royal hand in marriage. Along the way we meet foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen, illuminating the life of a court which rejoiced in some of the finest music ever created in England.

John Taverner: Christe Jesu, pastor bone

John DowlandNow, O Now, I needs must part
DowlandCan she excuse my wrongs

William Byrd: O lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
Byrd: Ne irascaris, Domine

Adrian Willaert: Vecchie letrose
Sandrin: Doulce memoire

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Thomas WeelkesAs Vesta was

 

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