Elizabethan Music

With the soaring popularity and demand for music in the Elizabethan era, the variety of musical instruments, art forms and artists increased as well. The people living in the life and times of the Tudor dynasty experienced some of the best art and music there was to offer.
We, as in the world, owe too much to the Golden Age of English literature. The era is indeed spun from the cultural diversity in all of Europe, but for all of it to combine into one swift, musical and magical time is something to behold. The era and its Queen are worth learning, for it is during her reign that European culture got the boost it needed.

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth not only mandated the arts, she herself was skilled in musical instruments. Her personal instruments were the virginals and the lute. While the Tudor reign generated magnificent amounts of music, musicians and theater, it was most prominent during Queen Elizabeth’s time. As far as music was concerned, she led by example. She would often have her court musicians play for her while she danced, as she considered it a great form of exercise.

Elizabethan music thus entered the homes and lives of all people. Native folk music was seen being played at the dinner tables when families came together for a meal. People who belonged to the higher strata of society in this era were known to hire a musician almost every night. In case of people who could not really hire such musicians, they always had at least one musical instrument and one servant who could play it.