MUSIC IN THE ENGLISH MASQUE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE
Peter Gerard Walls
Thesis submitted for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Oxford
The texts of Jonsonian masques make extensive use of images which
derive from speculative music, generally to suggest that under the benevolent
and wise rule of the first two Stuarts the British people share in that
harmony which pervades the well-ordered workings of the universe. A great
deal of music was performed during a masque. This thesis investigates the
relationship between the literary use of musical images and the music which
was actually performed.
The special problems inherent in the way the musical and literary
evidence has survived are discussed in the first chapter, and the peculiar
relationship between masque writers and composers is explored.
The . . .