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.
1 CROWN AND CHOIR
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.
3 GREAT BRITISH MUSIC
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.