Master of the Queen's Music

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Master of the Queen's Music

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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain when the sovereign is female) a court post dating from the reign of Charles I. It is an honorary title and normally held by an established English composer. Also called (when the sovereign is male): Master of the King's Music
2. (Music, other) (in Britain when the sovereign is female) a court post dating from the reign of Charles I. It is an honorary title and normally held by an established English composer. Also called (when the sovereign is male): Master of the King's Music
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He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.
Eccles was the only Master of the King's Musick in the history of the post to serve four monarchs - King William III, Queen Anne, King George I and King George II.
Harris and Walford Davies, who held the title Master of the King's Musick at the time of the Coronation.
WHO WHAT WHERE WHEN: Freemasons; Master of the King's Musick; North Korea; 1821.
Nicholas Lanier was appointed to the King's Musick as a lutenist in 1615/16 and was created Master of the King's Musick in 1626; Henry Lawes joined this body as a musician for the lutes and voices in 1630/1, while his brother William Lawes and John Wilson were given similar appointments in 1635.(45) Since their appointments might simply have been confirmation of duties which the musicians were already performing in an extraordinary capacity, these should be regarded as the latest dates at which the relevant composers entered royal music circles.
Wilson, Nicholas Lanier: Master of the King's Musick (Aldershot, 1994).
When Charles I came to the throne in 1625, Lanier was made Master of the King's Musick - the first holder of that office.
Appropriately enough, he did not climb up the conventional ladder, any more than Edgar himself did - on display in the collection is the bitter accounting the great man drew up on his official stationery as Master of the King's Musick of the total cost of his musical education, amounting to less than 60 [pounds].
And that was certainly the case with Sir Edward Elgar, Order of Merit, Baronet, and Master of the King's Musick. Despite the huge quickening of interest in him after his 70th birthday - thanks partly to the advocacy of George Bernard Shaw and the massive pounds 1,000 commission of a Third Symphony from the BBC - his death in 1934 led to a general loss of interest in his music.
Sir Cedrics states the following in his 1961 autobiography: "When I first came to know Sir Edward Elgar, the kindly "Master of the King's Musick", as one of the Malvern house guests of Barry Jackson, facetiously suggested to him that, to honour his friend Shaw and to celebrate the festival, he could well write a coronation march for King Magnus.
During the First World War, he composed topical music and in 1924 he was made Master of the King's Musick.
NICHOLAS LANIER Hero & Leander (MET): Sleeve notes accompanying this unique CD dedicated entirely to Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666), first-ever Master of the King's Musick, chronicle his life and turbulent times in colourful detail.

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