Various Artists – Music for Elizabeth I – Court music from her reign (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:03:51 minutes | 631 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RobertoLorenz

Thank you to composer and music producer Roberto Lorenzo for writing this guest article for us to celebrate the release of his new album, “Music for Elizabeth I – Court music from her reign”, which came out on 21st November 2020.

Over to Roberto…

While creating the album “Music for Anne Boleyn”, I was amazed to learn that all kinds of people – be they cellists, taxi drivers or booksellers – considered Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth I, their favorite historical figure. Being fascinated with Elizabeth myself, I gladly delved further into the sounds of the 16th century to give listeners a taste of this illustrious queen’s musical world.

Elizabeth was particularly fond of music throughout her life. As her teacher Roger Asham pointed out in 1550: “She is as much delighted with music as she is skillful in the art.” As queen, she even used her muscial skills to flaunt her royal glory. As wrestling matches, horse tournaments and jousts were traditionally considered the realm of men, Elizabeth chose typically ‘female’ pursuits to demonstrate her superiority and vigour: until deep into her old-age, she was well known for entertaining her noble guests, minions and courtiers by playing the virginal and lute, as well as singing and dancing.


1. The Gents – Eliza is the fairest Queen
2. Stephan Hrushka – Drewries accordes
3. Camerata Hungarica – Branle de la siutte du Contraint leiger
4. Maria Lofberg – Can she excuse my wrongs
5. Diane Bish – Almande IV
6. Ione Consort – Galliard
7. Queen’s Chamber Band, The – Now, oh now I needs must part
8. Westra Aros Waits – Ronde III
9. Jeffrey Thompson – Come again
10. Stephan Hrushka – Toy for two Lutes
11. Orlando Chamber Choir London – Puer natus est nobis
12. Diane Bish – Bransle IV
13. Scott Ross – Coranto
14. James Gilchrist – What then is love but mourning
15. Cambridge String Ensemble – Browning my dear
16. Westra Aros Waits – Hopper dancz Routi Bouilli
17. The Lassus Consort – Justorum animae
18. Phantasm – In nomine ‘Hold fast’
19. Scott Ross – Romanesca
20. Julianne Baird – The Willow Song
21. Les voix de Marseille – The Nightingale
22. Scott Ross – The Battell: Flute and drum
23. Phantasm – Dum transisset Sabbatum
24. Mignarda – Flow my tears
25. Tony Woollard – Third mode melody
26. Oxford Camarata – Spem in alium