- March 7, 2020
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Elizabethan Music and Culture in East Anglia
with Francis Knights
(Fellow, Tutor and Director of Studies, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge)
An exploration of the forms and style of music from the Elizabethan period through a variety of genres – ranging from the music of the streets and theatre to the music of the church, court and stately homes. In doing so we shall also focus on the music played in the homes of the cultured families of the Petres in Ingatestone, the Pastons of Norfolk and the Kytsons at Hengrave. Composers and their works will be illustrated by a lecture recital of Elizabethan keyboard music.
Tea/coffee available on arrival
10.30 – 11.25: Society and Musical Culture: the music of the streets; music in the theatre; the forms and styles of Instrumental music.
11.25 – 11.50: Tea, coffee, & biscuits; orders for lunch.
11.50 – 12.45: Norwich and Cambridge: music from the court; the secular traditions; music in cathedral and chapel.
12.45 – 14.00: Lunchtime.
14.00 – 14.50: Music in the stately homes of East Anglia: the Petres of Ingatestone, the Pastons of Norfolk and the Kytsons of Hengrave.
14.50 – 15.10: Tea, coffee, & biscuits.
15.10 – 16.00: Lecture-Recital of Elizabethan harpsichord music by East Anglian composers, including William Byrd and Thomas Morley.
16.00: Thanks and Farewell
About Francis Knights
Francis Knights studied at Royal Holloway College, Magdalen College, Oxford and Nottingham University. He has held positions at the Royal Northern College of Music, Green College, Oxford, Somerville College, Oxford, the BBC, the British Library and King’s College, London. He is a very busy performer and director, has edited a number of leading music journals and is Chairman of the National Early Music Association.
Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading
Katherine Butler, Music in Elizabethan Court Politics (Boydell, 2015)
John Guy, The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013)
John Harley, The World of William Byrd: Musicians, Merchants and Magnates (Ashgate, 2010)
Peter Le Huray, Music and the Reformation in England, 1549-1660 (Cambridge University Press, 1967)
Joseph Kerman, The Elizabethan Madrigal: A Comparative Study (American Musicological Society, 1962)
Kerry McCarthy, Byrd (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Oliver Neighbour, The Consort and Keyboard Music of William Byrd (Faber, 1978)
John Stevens, Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
David Wulstan, Tudor Music (University of Iowa Press, 1986)
Venue: The Court, Sutton Hoo