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Music for Female Monarchs

Wednesday, 29 September, 2021 at 11:00 am

Music for Female Monarchs

Martin Randall Travel

Chapel of The Queen’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The sixteenth century saw an unprecedented number of female rulers. From the powerful Medici women in Italy to the great Tudor queens of England, women across Europe held more power than ever before. Many of these monarchs used their patronage to facilitate the production of music of exquisite beauty by the finest composers of the day, extravagant showcases of their power contrasting with intimate and personal compositions.

In this fascinating programme, Stile Antico focuses on the music written for three Queens, Margaret of Austria, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Obrecht: Salve Regina
Anon/Margaret of Austria: Si je souspire
Pierre de la Rue: Absalon fili mi

John Taverner: Christe Jesu, pastor bone
John Bennet: All creatures now are merry minded
Richard Carlton: Calm was the air
William Byrd: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

Thomas Tallis: Loquebantur variis linguis
John Sheppard: Gaude, gaude, gaude Maria

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