Four and Twenty Fiddlers: The Violin at the English Court, 1540-1690 (Oxford Monographs on Music)

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ISBN-10: 0198165927
ISBN-13: 978-0198165927

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The royal string band at the English court had its origins in a six-man viol consort from Italy brought to England by Henry VIII in the spring of 1540. This book, written by the director of the acclaimed early music group, The Parley of Instruments, charts the history of the royal string band from its beginnings to the time of Purcell. Drawing on a wealth of documentary evidence, much of it new, Holman considers the previous history of instrumentalists at court and recounts the band’s establishment at court in the context of the violin’s place in sixteenth-century Europe. The first thorough treatment of this subject, Holman’s book will be welcomed for the light it sheds on large areas of music history.

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