Music & Monarchy: Revolutions

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Music and the monarchy in 17th-century Britain

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TV & Radio Information
BBC Two
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 20:10

 

David Starkey’s exploration of monarchs and the music they inspired and composed enters the 17th century and a time when religious conflict was threatening royal institutions.

Starkey reveals that in spite of the upheaval, monarchs were able to preside over a number of innovations that shaped the music we still hear in modern times, from the first chamber concerts to the early Baroque orchestra.

The episode features performances from the Westminster Abbey Choir, The Band of the Life Guards and the Academy of Ancient Music.