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It’s Henry VIII’s Birthday and We’re Remembering His Contributions to the Arts!

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Henry VIII was born June 28, 1491 and would go on to become the King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death in 1547. Not only did he himself compose church music and songs, he made his court a centre of musical culture! Music was extremely important during the Tudor period, particularly in the royal court where musicians were tasked with entertaining the monarchs and tutoring their children to learn various instruments.

Major composers who flourished during King Henry VIII’s reign are William Bryd, William Cornysh, and one of the greatest of them all, Thomas Tallis.

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