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Old 02-02-2015, 09:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Rulers who also composed music

I just found myself wondering listening to a sonata by Frederick the Great, which rulers are there who also composed music? I know about these so far:

Moritz of Hessen-Kassel

Frederick II of Prussia

Henry VIII of England

Thibaut de Champagne

Rudolf of Fenis-Neuenburg

Alfonso X of Castile


Does anyone else know any others?

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Does Clinton count?
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il apparently composed operas.
But...North Korea.
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didn't Henry VIII compose Greensleeves? Don't know very many.. lol
He didn't.
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He didn't.
Actually you're right. I think it's a rumor, though. Here:

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There is a persistent belief that Greensleeves was composed by Henry VIII for his lover and future queen consort Anne Boleyn. Boleyn allegedly rejected King Henry's attempts to seduce her and this rejection may be referred to in the song when the writer's love "cast me off discourteously". However, the piece is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after Henry's death, making it more likely to be Elizabethan in origin.[5]
So what did he compose?
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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"If Love Now Reigned" for example.

youtube.com/watch?v=xw59KAcObFI
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Maharaja Jayacamaraja Wodeyar was a great composer .He was the 25th and the last Maharaja of the princely state of Mysore ,India (now Mysore is a place in Karnataka state of India) from 1940 to 1950 . He was a noted philosopher, musicologist, political thinker and philanthropist .He wrote around 94 kirthis in rare ragas and taalas (Carnatic music) . He composed all his compositions in Sanskrit language in the praise of deities .His very first composition was "Sri Mahaganapathim Bhajeham" in Atana raga.Many noted Indian musicians received patronage at his court.

Personally -I really love to listen to his kirthi "shrI jAlandharam AshrayAmyaham jalajAkSam " in raga Gambheera Naattai.
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Richard The Lionheart was King of England from 1189 to 1199, although he only spent about six months in the country he supposedly ruled; he was completely focused on Europe and the Crusades and just used England as a source of revenue. Despite that, his reputation has remained high for 900 years and if he's thought of at all in England today, it's probably still with pride.

This song is attributed to him - it's even on wiki, so it must be true!



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Duke Leopold kept Richard prisoner at Dürnstein Castle. His mishap was soon known to England, but the regents were for some weeks uncertain of his whereabouts. While in prison, Richard wrote Ja nus hons pris or Ja nuls om pres ("No man who is imprisoned"), which is addressed to his half-sister Marie de Champagne. He wrote the song, in French and Occitan versions, to express his feelings of abandonment by his people and his sister. The detention of a crusader was contrary to public law, and on these grounds Pope Celestine III excommunicated Duke Leopold.
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