Fairy figure, minstrel or holy virgin? Queen Elizabeth I used these role models as if in a masquerade to legitimise her position as ruler – after all, female rulers were not actually intended in the 16th century, they did not correspond to the image of women of the time. The so-called masques were a tried and tested means of packaging political statements in music – unfortunately very situational and therefore not written down in detail; tracing them requires intensive research. The musical repertoire of the masques was very broad: Records and reports indicate that both instrumental and vocal ensembles performed in various sizes and formations. With masque music by Byrd, Dowland, Morley, Parsons and others, ensemble feuervogel embarks on a journey of discovery and takes a musically highly diverse look behind royal masks and courtly facades.

1. Robert Parsons (1535-1572): De la court 6:00
2. John Bennet (1575-1614): Eliza, her name gives honour 1:49
3. Daniel Norcome (1576-1626): With Angel’s face and brightness 2:22
The Queen’s Masque, Suite
4. Peter Philips (1560-1628): Pavan, Galliard 3:09
5. Anon.: Galliard 1:22
6. Daniel Bachiler (1572-1619) / arr. ensemble feuervogel: Daniel’s Almain 1:41
7. Thomas Morley (1557-1602) / arr. ensemble feuervogel: The Frog Galliard 1:48
8. John Hilton (1599-1657): Fair Oriana, Beauty’s Queen 2:27
9. Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623): Hark, I hear some dancing 1:15
10. Richard Nicholson (1563-1638) / arr. ensemble feuervogel: The Jew’s Dance 2:05
11. William Byrd (1543-1623): The fair young virgin 3:21
12. Anon. / arr. ensemble feuervogel: The kyngs pawvyon 1:36
13. John Wilbye / arr. ensemble feuervogel: Lady, when I behold 2:27
14. John Dowland (1563-1626): Sir John Souches Galliard /
My thoughts are winged with hope
15. Thomas Morley (1557-1602): Hard by a crystal fountain 3:25
The Queen’s Dream, Suite
16. Richard Dering (c.1580-1630): Pavan in Four Parts 3:21
17. Anon.: Gallyard 1:09
18. Thomas Morley / arr. ensemble feuervogel: La Coranto 1:18
19. Hugh Ashton (1485-1558): Hugh Ashton’s Maske 4:25
20. John Mundy (1555-1630): Were I a king 2:41
The Queen’s Antimasque, Suite
21. Anon.: Pavana 1:11
22. Anon.: Gallyard 0:36
23. William Byrd / arr. ensemble feuervogel: My Lord of Oxenfords Maske 2:07
24. William Byrd / arr. Ziv Braha: Mounsiers Almaine 1:00
25. Thomas Morley / arr. ensemble feuervogel: The Lord Souches Maske 1:14
26. Anon.: My mind to me a kingdom is 1:24
27. Edward Johnson (1572-1601): Eliza is the fairest Queen 1:47
Total time: 1:00:24

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