Music and Instruments of the Elizabethan Age
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309 Pages

24 x 17 cm

17 colour, 34 b/w, 13 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Music and Instruments of the Elizabethan Age

The Eglantine Table

Edited by Michael Fleming and Christopher Page

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Uses the rare depictions of musical instruments and musical sources found on the Eglantine Table to understand the musical life of the Elizabethan age and its connection to aspects of culture now treated as separate disciplines ofhistorical study.
The reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) has often been regarded as the Golden Age of English music. Many works of high quality, both vocal and instrumental, were composed and performed by native and immigrant musicians, while balladry and minstrelsy flourished in hall, street and alehouse.

No single source of the sixteenth century presents this rich musical culture more vividly than the inlaid surface of the Eglantine Table. This astonishing piece of furniture was made in the late 1560s for the family of Elizabeth or 'Bess' of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury (1527-1608). The upper surface bears a wealth of marquetry that depicts, amidst the briar roses and other plants, numerous Elizabethan musical instruments in exquisite detail together with open books or scrolls of music with legible notation. Given that depictions of musical instruments and musical sources are rare in all artistic media of the Elizabethan period, the Eglantine Table is a very important resource for understanding the musical life of the age and its connection to aspects of culture now treated separately in disciplines such as art history, social and political history or the study of material culture.

This volume assembles a group of leading scholars in the history of instruments and associated fields to ground future research upon the most expert assessment of the depicted instruments, the music and the decorative imagery that is currently attainable. A final section of the book takes a broad view, placing the Table and the musical components of its decoration in relation to the full range of Elizabethan musical life.
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Note to the Reader
Abbreviations
Introducing the Eglantine Table
The Table: models and artistic context
Botany, the Table and Hardwick New Hall
The playing cards and gaming boards
The writing implements
The music in staff notation
The book of lute tablature
'A full and lively pourtraiture': The Table as evidence for Tudor musical instruments
The bowed instruments and bows
The gittern or guitar
The cittern
The lute
The harp
The wind instruments
The Table and the music of the 1560s
Pipers, Fiddlers and the Musical Lives of the Majority
Tables of the Mind
Appendix 1: The renovation of the Eglantine Table by Tankerdale Ltd, 1996
Appendix 2: The Table in the context of furnishings in Bess of Hardwick's houses
Glossary
List of Contributors
Select Bibliography
Index

MICHAEL FLEMING focused his instrument-making career principally on viols and was awarded a PhD by the Open University in 2001 for his research into English viol-making. Since 2005 he has produced the leading international journal of organology, The Galpin Society Journal, and he was Chair of the Viola da Gamba Society from 1997-2017. His recent publications include Early English Viols: Instruments, Makers and Music (Routledge, 2017), co-authored with John Bryan.

CHRISTOPHER PAGE is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Academia Europaea, Emeritus Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and from October 2014 until May 2018 was Gresham Professor of Music at Gresham College, London (founded 1597). An Emeritus Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, he holds the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association awarded for outstanding services to musicology.

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Title Details

309 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

17 colour, 34 b/w, 13 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press