Music & Monarchy: Great British Music

David Starkey explores Handel’s role in British music and the birth of the national anthem

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Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 20:10


The third episode of David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy takes us into the era of Britain’s military and economic domination of the globe.

It was in this period – that is, the 18th century – that such patriotic classics as God Save the King (the world’s first national anthem) and Rule Britannia! were composed.

It was also the era of George Frideric Handel, the German composer who gave Britain and its new royal dynasty its distinctive musical voice.

Specially recorded performances of Handel’s 'Hallelujah' Chorus and Zadok the Priest will feature, and Starkey goes on to explore the events behind Handel’s Water Music.