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Sound and Precedent in Elizabethan Progress Entertainments

  • Susan L. AndersonEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature book series (PASTMULI)

Abstract

This chapter examines the way echo was used in progress entertainments staged for Queen Elizabeth, focusing in particular on the hospitality staged at Elvetham (1591) and Kenilworth (1575). Anderson demonstrates the patterns of repetition that can be traced through these events. In particular, the use of echo as a performance device at Kenilworth is repeated or referenced in several later entertainments, including Bisham (1592), and adapted into a musical device at Elvetham. This chapter explores the ways sounds, musical ensembles and musical genres heard at prior events are revisited, revised and re-heard in different locations and contexts, developing an acoustics of courtly entertainments in which the signs of musical sophistication are also political assertions.

Keywords

Elizabeth I Robert Dudley Madrigal Consort Kenilworth Elvetham 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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