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ENGLISH SONG: The Hunt is up � Time of Henry VIII
By the time of Henry the VIII the English were recognized throughout Europe as a musical nation. Erasmus writes � they excel the whole world in the beauty of their women, their knowledge of music and the excellence of their table.� The folk music of England evolved over the centuries to produce a quintessentially English quality that bore no resemblance to the folk music of any other land. The use of poetry was a powerful influence on the character of the English song and composers continually strove to fit the music closely to the poetry to add pathos to the words. In Henry Lawes collection of �Ayres and Dialogues� there are many fine examples of the marriage of sound to sense and Lawes desired to �set words with just note and accent.�
Among the favourites of Henry VIII, says Chappell, Puttenham notices �one Gray, what good estimation did he grow into with the same King Henry, and afterwards with the Duke of Somerset, Protector, for making certain merry ballads, whereof one chiefly was �The hunte is up, the hunte is up�.�
Reviews of English Song: Anonymous, Time of Henry VIII: The Hunt is up - arr. for Counter-tenor, Descant Recorder, Consort of Viol's & Tenor Drum by Gerald Manning
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