With music by Henry Lawes, Comus was a work written to celebrate chastity and it was first presented on Michaelmas 1634, before John Egerton, Earl of Bridgewater, at Ludlow Castle to mark the earl's elevation to Lord President of Wales.
The programme includes excerpts from Comus and Milton's sonnet to Lawes, To Mr H Lawes, on his Aires, read by Robert Glenister.Comus (A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634) was a masque written by John Milton in honour of chastity and it was first presented on Michaelmas, 1634, before John Egerton, Earl of Bridgewater at Ludlow Castle in celebration of the Earl's elevation to President of Wales with music by Henry Lawes.
Milton and Lawes had a close friendship and collaborated on a number of works, but Lawes was not the last composer to write music for this masque.
In Milton's 400th anniversary year, Catherine Bott travels to Ludlow Castle to explore the occasion of that first performance and the music which Comus went on to inspire.
The programme includes excerpts from Comus and Milton's sonnet to Lawes: To Mr.
Lawes, on his Aires read by Robert Glenister.
HENRY LAWES Sitting by the Streams
thomas arne by the rushy-fringed bank/ brightest lady
henry lawes sweet echo…
thomas arne fame's an echo/ not on beds of fading flowers
John Milton (father) fair oriana in the morn
henry lawes sweet stay awhile
henry lawes from the heav'ns now i fly;
mazzocchi la catena d'adone
william lawes country dance;
henry lawes sitting by the streams