Tag Archives: Elizabethan

A Chest of Viols: A Brief Introduction to English Viol Consort Music

As a cellist and guitarist I have always thought the perfect instrument to be the Viola da Gama, a gut-fretted instrument tuned like a guitar but played like a cello. As with most aficionados my introduction to the instrument came … Continue reading

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The Groundlings of Divine Will

Originally posted on Tears in the Fence:
Daniel Staniforth’s The Groundlings of Divine Will (Skylight Press 2013) http://www.skylightpress.co.uk sees Shakespeare’s first audience, ‘the groundlings of the pit’, as a secret society addressing the Master Of Revels in a glorious riposte…

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A Review of Dr. Dee: An English Opera

I have always been fascinated by the Welsh mathematician, scientist, astrologer, occultist, astronomer, navigator, and angelologist – Dr. John Dee – and finally got around to listening to Dr. Dee: An English Opera by former Blur, Gorillaz, The Good the … Continue reading

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Tudor History – Give me the Warts!

As someone interested in Tudor history I’m often tempted to have a peek at new television and film adaptations of the period – but have learned to temper my hopes and expectations in doing so.  In the old days it … Continue reading

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