Music of the English Renaissance

ABC Classics
Mar 14, 2017 · 3 min read

Music from England’s Golden Age: sublime sacred music soaring above intrigues of church and state, and intimate lute songs full of love and longing.


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In 1597, John Dowland published his First Booke of Songes or Ayres, which included the lute songs ‘Come Again: Sweet Love Doth Now Invite’ and ‘Can She Excuse My Wrongs?’ Meanwhile:

  • Playhouses flourish in Elizabethan England: William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, and other playwrights including Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson are regularly producing new work for London’s theatres.

Fast Facts

  • The Renaissance period in England began in the late 15th century and lasted until the early 1600s. It takes in the Tudor period, including the ‘golden age’ of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Jacobean period, under King James I.

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