Music in Elizabethan England

Music in Elizabethan England

Music in Elizabethan England

Music in Elizabethan England

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Any account of Elizabethan music, however brief, should note the fact that musical development in this age was part of a great intellectual and social movement that influenced the whole of life. The same forces that produced writers like Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Donne, and Francis Bacon also produced musicians like William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Weelkes, and John Dowland. Artistic greatness was in the very air along with that exciting urge for adventure that was to widen the geographical horizons of the world, and men's spiritual concepts as well.

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