The Queen’s Maid (sheet music)


Upper class women, including Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603), needed the services of a maid to get dressed. Since most clothing fastened in the back, a maid had to help with the buttons and laces. Queen Elisabeth’s “Maid of Honour and Lady in Waiting to Queen Elizabeth“, Anne Russell (1549 – 1604) was the most influential of all the Queen’s maids. Anne remained at court as a lady of the privy chamber all her life. She became extremely influential, and was once said to have refused a bribe of £100 (a fortune at that time) to advance a suit in chancery because the sum was too small. In addition to her lodgings at court, Anne kept a house in what had once been the garden of the priory of the Austin Friars in Broad Street, London. She was also lady of the manor of Rowington, Warwickshire and it was to her that William Shakespeare had to apply for the copyhold on his cottage and grounds in Stratford-upon-Avon. Ann was a patron of the arts.
Anne Russell was with Queen Elizabeth when the queen died.
I have here tried to make a piece that should sound a bit ‘Renaissance-ish’ and yet modern…
A-Minor, standard tuning.
Level: 1-2
Pages: 1 (2 pages incl. cover page)
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