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David Starkey's Music & Monarchy

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This is an excellent summary of how music has affected the British Monarchy over the centuries. It has met our every expectation.
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For Brit history, monarchy, and music lovers--minus Beatles Sept. 12 2013
By Harold Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
6 centuries of music shaped by the monarchy are BBC decoded. Discover composers, music, & performance locations of Britain and how they correlate with Kings & Queens. It is a fascinating look at music influence on early politics, war, and architecture. Beautiful views of associated British locations: landscapes, artifacts, interior & exterior architecture.
David Starkey plays an important role in the understandability of this documentary for those of us who are not experts. He makes it enjoyable educational viewing for the commoner who is not completely versed in the monarchy. I experienced his expert narrative qualities in two other documentaries: The The Wives of Henry VIII and Monarchy Complete Collection. Both are recommended.

SDH SUBTITLES for all 4 episodes, each nearly an hour.
Henry V, himself a composer, with his choir, traveled for God's favors. Henry VIII's (another King composer) own Protestant reformations threaten beloved music. Son, Edward VI, hacks at music while his Elizabeth comes to the rescue.

17th century changes resulting from conflicts in religion, a driving force for much of Britain's arts. Organ wars, chamber concerts, & Baroque orchestra all find monarchy beginnings. Britain's greatest native composer, Henry Purcell, is biographed.

18th century and "God Save the King" is triumphant for Britain Music and would become the world's first national anthem. German imports, like Handel, makes Britain's music as dominant as its political power.

Monarchy respect reigns through Victoria & Albert. The Prince is a composer and both royal heads are singers often doing duets. Renaissance in British music is complete with pomp & pageantry...and coronations.

Constant musical excerpts and background period music enhances the audio. A bonus booklet lists all the musical segments by name, composer, and presenter.
Bonus also offers 9 performance pieces, a half hour concert for the viewer's own "home throne and court" listening.
This DVD deserves a timpani roll.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A brilliant combination of music and royalty Feb. 23 2014
By popcult - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of those rare documentaries that keeps on giving. This is only way to make a documentary: amazing quality of material
(visuals, sounds) a passionate, knowledgeable presenter and thorough research.
If you are interested in British culture-this program covers much more than "just" royalty-and happened to like music, you will cherish this DVD.
Whenever I pop in this DVD my house transforms into a palatial concert hall filled with top notch performers, glorious music, and breathtaking images.
This DVD is truly an "EVENT"!
Fascinating insight and delightful Music March 19 2014
By Mrs. Felicity M. Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
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I was afraid that it would be over my head as I am far from a music expert but thought I would give it a go as David Starkey explained things so well in his Monarchy series. He did it again! Amazing the whole family was fixated by the series of episodes linking royalty to music with fascinating looks at wonderful churches, chapels and historical artefacts. A DVD to treasure, especially if you like church music.
A wonderful 4 hours! Feb. 21 2014
By Monica - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic documentary, filled with amazing music and the dry but interesting wit of David Starkey. Loved every minute!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Professor Excessively Predominant April 1 2014
By Jeffrey Noah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Delightful music and often revealing commentary. But Prof. Starkey repeatedly interrupts the music historians and musicians. From the positions he takes in palaces and cathedrals, he appears to imagine himself as a composer or monarchy.

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