Cambridge-educated historian Dr. David Starkey, a foremost authority on the British Crown, hosts this four-part documentary tracing British musical tradition from the reigns of Henry V through Elizabeth II. Broadcast on BBC Two in July 2013, the four episodes are available to U.S. audiences for the first time, along with nine performance pieces
Tracing the Crown's impact on British music;
2013 BBC documentary is available to U.S. audiences for the first time
"Magnificent" -The Telegraph"An object lesson in premium documentary television...fresh and fascinating truffle of information...unfailingly elegant...lots and lots of sublime performances of the most delicious early music." -The Telegraph
Silver Spring, MD -- Exploring the impact of the British monarchy on renowned composers throughout the centuries, David Starkey's Music & Monarchy debuts on DVD on October 15, 2013 from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Cambridge-educated historian Dr. David Starkey (Monarchy, The Six Wives of Henry VIII), a foremost authority on the British Crown, hosts this four-part documentary tracing British musical tradition from the reigns of Henry V through Elizabeth II. Broadcast on BBC Two in July 2013, the four episodes are available to U.S. audiences for the first time, along with nine performance pieces (29 min.), 16-page viewer's guide, and more ($49.99, AcornOnline.com).
From Henry V through Elizabeth II, Britain's monarchs have molded the story of British music as patrons, tastemakers, and even composers. Hosted by eminent historian David Starkey, this series explores British music through the lens of its most prominent and powerful supporters.
Each episode is lavishly scored, from famous melodies to forgotten treasures and works of public pageantry to songs composed for private enjoyment. Over 40 live recordings include music by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Henry Purcell, George Frideric Handel, Edward Elgar, and William Walton. All are performed in the spectacular locations where the monarchs first heard them: Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the chapel of King's College at Cambridge, and more. Starkey puts each into historical and political context, telling their stories and revealing how the royal passion for music created a soundtrack for a nation.
An honorary fellow at Cambridge University and a member of London's Society of Royal Antiquaries, David Starkey (CBE) has taught history at the London School of Economics, written more than a dozen books, and presented many acclaimed television documentaries. Athena previously released his popular series Monarchy: The Complete Series on DVD in 2010 (16 episodes, $79.99).
EPISODES: Crown and Choir, Revolutions, Great British Music, Re-inventions
BONUS FEATURES: Nine performance pieces (29 min.); 16-page booklet with articles on the monarchy's musical history, the musical accomplishments of Henry VIII, and the life of George Handel as well as a list of songs featured in the program; biographies of David Starkey and select composers
Street Date: Oct. 15, 2013
DVD 2-Disc Set - 4 episodes - Approx. 234 min. - Documentary - SDH subtitles