Thomas Whythorne, Gent



The 16th-century composer and poet Thomas Whythorne was one of the first Englishmen to write an autobiography, revealing many details of the life of a private musician in the time of Elizabeth I.

In the first of two programmes, Robert Hardy reads from Whythorne's book, and Red Byrd perform a selection of his partsongs.

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Robert Hardy reads a second selection of excerpts from the autobiography of Elizabethan composer Thomas Whythorne, and Red Byrd perform his music.

After the personal setbacks of his early years, Whythorne begins to enjoy better fortune in his professional life.