By David Gordon
Britain has attracted many musical viewers to its shorelines. A diverse and infrequently eccentric selection of contributors, a few have been invited via royalty with musical tastes, a few have been refugees from non secular or political oppression, a few have been spies, and others got here to flee debt or perhaps fees of homicide. This booklet paints a large photo of the altering nature of musical lifestyles in Britain over the centuries, during the eyes and ears of international musicians. After contemplating 3 of the eighteenth century’s maximum musical figures, the authors ponder the increase of the fame composer within the 19th century, and move directly to ponder the effect of recent sorts of shipping which allowed trip extra freely from the Continent and america. Musical viewers to Britain additionally charts the recent possibilities awarded by means of the outlet of public halls, the expansion of track fairs, and the usual inflow of composers within the 20th and twenty-first centuries, finishing with the impression of recent musical kinds reminiscent of jazz. As a lot a social as a musical heritage of england, this booklet should be of curiosity to someone learning or operating in those fields, in addition to to common readers who are looking to become aware of extra approximately our musical history.
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One of the soldiers then struck him on the ear, to which Bassano said ‘I thank you; I must take it in good worth’. On being further harassed, Bassano was forced to take refuge in the house of one of the queen’s drummers, ‘or else . . 20 Despite such setbacks, the Bassanos can lay claim to have been the most successful family of musical visitors ever. Three generations of the family were employed at court, totalling seventeen musicians in royal service. Sixteenth-century visitors 25 1111 2111 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 4 45111 Henry Bassano, the last survivor of the third generation of musicians in the family, served Charles II as recorder-player until 1665.
5 Thus, the Royal Academy of Music lasted only a month. But it seems Cambert may have had other activities to keep him occupied, for it is likely that Louis XIV had despatched him to England in 1673 both to provide musical services to, and to keep a watch over, Louise de Queroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, Charles’s maîtresse en titre. 6 She also wielded political power over the king, and acted as an unofficial French ambassador at the court. It is not hard to see why Louis was at pains to ensure her continued presence in England.
Immediately accepted into the Queen’s Musick, he was said to enjoy ‘extreme favour’ with the queen on account of his skill as a musician. At a time of comparative miserliness with regard to musicians, and at a time when there were far fewer foreign musicians at the court than under her father, Alfonso was paid the handsome annuity of £66 13s. 4d. Ferrabosco was a member of a distinguished and exclusive circle of Italian poets, historians and scholars living in London, and he was seen as the representative of the latest style of Italian music.
Musical Visitors to Britain (Woburn Education Series) by David Gordon