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Music to her Majestie - Odes for the last Stuart
Painting a unique portrait of a remarkable monarch, Spiritato and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explore exquisite works dedicated to the last Stuart. Often overlooked, Queen Anne was a life-long 'Patroness of Arts' and oversaw both the end of the Restoration and the arrival of a new, virtuosic Italian style.
Beginning with Purcell’s beautiful music for her wedding as a young princess, via the modern premiere of Inspire Us Genius of the Day by John Eccles, full of hope for Britain’s new Queen in 1703, and concluding with Handel’s glowing ode for her birthday of 1713, his masterpiece: Eternal Source of Light Divine. Each work features the finest composer and leading poet of the day and shines a light on two decades of politics and power at the dawn of the 18th Century.
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