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Music and Monarchy

Arts, Low-Down Documentary hosted by David Starkey, published by BBC in 2013 - English narration


David Starkey's Music and Monarchy
Historian David Starkey presents this documentary exploring the r Britain«s kings and queens have played in shaping the nation»s music. In much the same way as artists from other fields, musicians were often reliant on kinglike houses for encouragement — with the boundless resources dominated by the rulers of the realm often necessary to finance or originate the most overambitious projects. Starkey explores the affect of such encouragement on the nurturing of music in Britain, tracing how even composers such as Purcell, Handel and Elgar were influenced by kinglike requirements, and the state message of much of the resulting music.

1) Sovereignty and Choir
Dr David Starkey reveals how the tall tale of British music was shaped by its country. In this first part he begins with kings who were also composers — Henry V and Henry VIII — and the special age of English music they presided over. He discovers how the military and churchgoing ambitions of England's country made its music the desire of Europe — and then brought it to the point of putting away — and why British music still owes a immense in dire straits to Model Elizabeth I.

2) Revolutions
Dr David Starkey«s enquiry of how the country shaped Britain»s music reaches the 17th century, when churchgoing feud threatened not only the lives of musicians and monarchs, but the unborn of the country and the superior lore of British music itself. And yet, in the mid-point of this , payment presided over a series of lyrical breakthroughs — from the first judiciary concerts and proto-operas, to the successful come out of the baroque orchestra. David also visits the Whitehall Banqueting Crib, impress upon of the gaudy rules which was the predecessor of opera in England — the court masque. And he explores how music was fought over by Puritans and Royalists — with the church daily proving a surprisingly mordant authority of feud.

3) Brilliant British Music
Dr David Starkey«s enquiry of how the country shaped Britain»s music reaches the 18th century, when Brilliant Britain became a paramount military and mercantile power, and the century which brought us jingoistic classics such as God Safeguard the Majesty — the world«s first nationalistic anthem — and Bar Britannia. Yet this was a on one occasion when the country had never been more slight, having dead much of its state and churchgoing power and imported its ruling crib from wide. The outstanding irony was that it was a musician from Germany, George Frideric Handel, who gave Brilliant Britain and its new kinglike e its peculiar lyrical spokesman. David also discovers the loyal stories behind Handel»s Qualify Music, written to belong with George I on a blunder along the Thames, as well as his Music for Kinglike Fireworks, wide of military instruments at the insistence of the soldier-majesty George II. He also visits the mother country industrial of Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, where Thomas Arne's Bar Britannia was first performed as an act of defiance by an successor to the throne.

4) Reinventions
Dr David Starkey«s enquiry of how the country shaped Britain»s music concludes with the 19th and 20th centuries, when the sovereignty rediscovered the power of show and appearances and when citizen music au fait a new dawn. David discovers the kinglike origins of such classics as Edward Elgar«s »Land of Look Forward To and Glory«, Hubert Parry»s «I Was Glad» and William Walton«s »Crown Imperial«, as well as declaration out how the twentieth century»s coronations — culminating in the crowning of Elizabeth II — cemented the repeat of kinglike classics in the hearts of the British people. He hears music written by Model Victoria«s dearest Albert, Prince Consort, played for him in Buckingham Mansion on a gaudy special piano which was bought by Victoria and Albert themselves. There are also exclusively recorded performances from St Paul»s Cathedral Choir and Westminster Abbey and of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Arthur Sullivan, Charles Villiers Stanford, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as Hubert Parry«s masterpiece »Jerusalem'.


Detailed Specs

* Video: Codec: x264 CABAC Main@L3.0
* Video: Bitrate: 1521 Kbps
* Video: Angle Proportion: 1.778 (16:9)
* Video: Disentanglement: 832 x 468
* Audio: Codec: AAC LC
* Audio: Bitrate: 128 Kbps VBR 48KHz
* Audio: Channels: stereo (2/0)
* Audio: English
* Run-On One Occasion: 59mins
* Framerate: 25fps
* Thousand of Parts: 4
* District Value: Ordinary 695 MB
* Container: Mp4
* Authority: PDTV
* Encoded by: Harry65

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1) Further Low-Down

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