Musical Triumphs And Tribulations Of Oriana, The

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2003032520030417Terry Edwards investigates the sacred and secular music surrounding Elizabeth I in light of the cultural, political and religious upheavals of her reign.|Growing up in the musically sophisticated court of her father Henry VIII, Elizabeth acquired a love of music that would inspire her to create a musical establishment reflecting the splendour of her own international court.|As a talented musician herself, Elizabeth took great pleasure in the lavish musical ceremonies and entertainments that were a feature of her reign.|Despite her Protestant reforms, Elizabeth was happy to include the kind of elaborate music associated with the Catholic mass into services held in her Chapel Royal.|But in parish churches across the land, music was regarded as a distraction from the word of God and virtually disappeared altogether.