Court Of King James I - Vi

Episodes

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01The Ruthven Raid *20090817

Donald Macleod explores the music and musicians of James' time through five key moments in his reign.

The programme focuses on the aftermath of the young Scottish monarch's imprisonment at Ruthven Castle and James' determination to put his kingdom on a firmer political and cultural footing.

Anon: O Lusty May

02Gunpowder And Tobacco *20090818

Donald Macleod explores the music and musicians of James' time through key moments in his reign.

On 5 November 1605, Guy Fawkes' terrorist outrage shook the foundations of Parliament, if only metaphorically.

Donald Macleod explores how James' musicians responded to the event and includes a song by a tobacco lover, church music by an alcoholic and keyboard music from the most respected organist of the age.

Hume: Tobacco, tobacco

03The Prince's Tunes *20090819

Donald Macleod explores the music and musicians of James' time through key moments in his reign.

Prince Henry, James' ill-fated eldest son, followed in his father's footseps when he employed a court of his own, using many of the leading musicians of the age.

Robert Johnson: Courant

04Poison And Cakes *20090820

In April 1613, the King elects to take a more relaxed attitude to life, putting on entertainments such as banquets, lavish masques and elegant dances.

Campion: Fain would I wed

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05 LAST*2009090320090821

Donald Macleod explores the music and musicians of James' time through key moments in his reign.

A look at how James' musicians responded to his final years in power, when Parliament was in a mood for war and thoughts were beginning to turn to life under the future King Charles.

Tomkins: When David Heard