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This week on the show we’re saluting everything royal! It’s an Ether Game episode fit for a king (or queen), a show we’re calling “The Crown.”
Did you know…
- The oratorio Solomon by George Frideric Handel—about a wise, just, humane, and prosperous ruler—was written for the composer’s patron King George II of England (the king would have certainly cherished the comparison!)
- A stately theme in the middle of “Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets by Gustav Holst has been reworked into the hymn tune “Thaxted” (named after Holst’s English village). “Thaxted” is often used as a patriotic anthem at English royal events, using the lyrics “I Vow To Thee, My Country.”
- One of the “Paris” symphonies by Franz Joseph Haydn was given the nickname “La Reine” (“The Queen”), after Marie Antoniette called it her favorite piece.
- King Henry VIII of England was a composer, as well as a king (and church reformer). He wrote 34 compositions (and also borrowed quite a few from a manuscript by Petrucci).
See the full playlist below:
And don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast for more Ether Game “name-that-tune” fun!