231a English Music and the Reformation by Heather Teysko

Thomas TallisHeather Teysko of the Renaissance English history podcast gives a wonderful and musical introduction to the English choral tradition at the time of the Reformation.




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Hello History of England Listeners! I’m so thrilled to be able to do a guest episode for David, and all of you. You can find out more by going to the website Renaissance English history podcast.

If you’d like to subscribe to my show, the Renaissance English History Podcast, here’s the iTunes link:

And here’s Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/renaissance-english-history-podcast

Here are some of my most popular episodes that you might enjoy as you get to know me better 🙂

In October I did several episodes on the English Reformation to celebrate Reformation Month. You can listen to them all here: https://www.englandcast.com/2017/10/october-reformation-month/

I do a monthly podcast with Tudor Times on their Person of the Month. The one on James I is one of the most popular:
Tudor Times talks about James I of England

And the one I did on Pregnancy and Childbirth in Renaissance England is one of the most listened to:
Englandcast 024: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Renaissance England

There are also several interviews you might enjoy:

Alison Weir talked about Anne Boleyn – I know David’s just finishing up his series on her:
Episode 076: Alison Weir on Anne Boleyn

Professor Glenn Richardson on the Field of Cloth of Gold is fascinating:
Episode 072: Glenn Richardson on the Field of Cloth of Gold

And finally, if you missed the Tudor Summit – the online Tudor smorgasbord of talks from leading Tudor historians, bloggers, and podcasters (Tony Riches, Sarah Gristwood, and lots more…) you can still get the videos here, and I’d invite you to check it out… it was such good fun, we’ll be doing it again in March with new speakers!
The 2017 Tudor Summit

Now, let’s move on to Music …

This episode with musicologist David Skinner provides a great intro as well…
David Skinner Interview

And Suzi Digby, OBE – whom I mentioned in the episode – talks about the music of the 16th century, and how it is still relevant today:
Suzi Digby Interview

I’ve made a playlist with all of the music I talk about on Spotify here:

The Tudor Partbooks project looks to digitize Renaissance polyphonic music, and is a fascinating project:

3 thoughts on “231a English Music and the Reformation by Heather Teysko

  1. Thank you Heather for the delightful podcast! I laughed aloud at the bit about elite high school choir students in their shiny gowns singing “Now is the Month of May” in a VERY SOLEMN style, as I was one of them once upon a time! Keep up the great work!

  2. Was it John Dunne who said “No man(person) is an island”, well not if you listen to choral music. I think in over 50 plus years of existence I have only met one other person who liked choral music.

    I am now curious about the role of choral music as a consequence of listening to Heather’s podcast. Naturally, for me, I called Professor Google and learnt that scientists have linked singing, and by extension listening to, choral music improves a person’s heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is touted by some as metric for predicting chronic stress and potential heart attacks.

    Serendipity, being the word of the day for this barbarian (so said many of my friends of British decent during my terrible childhood), i.e. one raised in a country without any true native culture (so said many of my French-Canadian friends), I was very pleasantly surprised to discovered while jogging last night that Heather’s podcasts on the English Renaissance are a good compliment to a podcast series like The History Of England.

    Yes, even we barbarians, on occasions, get tired of yet hearing about another castle being sacked, another innocent being burned at the stake. Because I am a slow runner I was able to “consume”, in true barbarian fashion, about 4 podcasts in a row.

    Serendipity, is there such a thing? Not according to Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan. Nevertheless, I do believe Heather’s podcast on the Renaissance is a good compliment to anyone looking to fill in the gaps in their knowledge of 16th century England.

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