Four and Twenty Fiddlers
The Violin at the English Court 1540-1690
By (author) Professor Peter Holman
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Four and Twenty Fiddlers by Professor Peter Holman
Book DescriptionThe royal string band at the English Court had its origins in a six-man consort from Italy, brought to England by Henry VIII in the spring of 1540. Peter Holman's book charts the history of this institution from its beginnings to the time of Purcell. He considers the previous history of instrumentalists at court, the role of the court band in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and its influence on the dance music of the period. The establishment of the band at the English court is set in the context of the violin's place in Europe in the sixteenth century, as the author considers the origins of the instrument and discusses contemporary references to violin bands in court, town, and church. The development of the violin band is traced by reference to an immense amount of documentary information, much of it new. The first thorough treatment of this subject, Peter Holman's book will be welcomed for the new light it sheds on large areas of musical history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198165927
(234mm x 156mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Music in the British Provinces, 1690-1914, Hardback (November 2007)
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Dowland: Lachrimae (1604), Hardback (October 1999)
The guide investigates Dowland's famous Lachrimae (1604), the earliest collection of instrumental music generally known to non-specialists.
John Jenkins and His Time, Hardback (December 1996)» View all books by Professor Peter Holman
John Jenkins (1592-1678) was a leading English composer of instrumental music of the mid-seventeenth century. These studies of music, instruments, and manuscripts relating to Jenkins and his English contemporaries are by some of the foremost scholars working in the field.
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