King Henry the VIII as musician is referenced here:

(quote: "He was an accomplished player of many instruments and a composer.")

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Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 21 April 1509 until his death. He was Lord, and later assumed the Kingship, of Ireland, and continued the nominal claim by the English monarchs to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty, succeeding his father, Henry VII.

Besides his six marriages, Henry VIII is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry's struggles with Rome led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and his own establishment as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Yet he remained a believer in core Catholic theological teachings, even after his excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry oversaw the legal union of England and Wales with the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542.

In 1513, the new king allied with the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximillian I, and invaded France with a large, well-equipped army, but achieved little at a considerable financial cost. Maximillian, for his part, used the English invasion to his own ends, and this prejudiced England's ability to defeat the French. This foray would prove the start of an obsession for Henry, who invaded again in 1544. This time, Henry's forces captured the important city of Boulogne, but again the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, supported Henry only as long as he needed to and England, strained by the enormous cost of the war, ransomed the city back for peace.

His contemporaries considered Henry in his prime to be an attractive, educated and accomplished king, and he has been described as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the English throne". Besides ruling with considerable power, he also engaged himself as an author and composer. His desire to provide England with a male heir – which stemmed partly from personal vanity and partly because he believed a daughter would be unable to consolidate the Tudor dynasty and the fragile peace that existed following the Wars of the Roses – led to the two things for which Henry is most remembered: his six marriages and the English Reformation. Henry became morbidly obese and his health suffered, contributing to his death in 1547. He is frequently characterised in his later life as a lustful, egotistical, harsh, and insecure king. He was succeeded by his son Edward VI.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 Calliope Dances: A Renaissance Revel [unknown] 1
1991 The Field of Cloth of Gold Musica Antiqua of London 1
1992 Taverner to Tavener (feat. Christ Church Cathedral Choir, director: Stephen Darlington) Various Artists 1
1993 A Concorde of Sweete Sounde Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet 1
1994 Les Bouffons Various Artists 1
1994 Pastyme With Good Companye: Tudor Music from Hampton Court I Fagiolini & The Forbury Consort 2
1994 Carols From the Old & New Worlds Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier 1
1996 All the King's Men I Fagiolini & Concordia 1
1996 English Madrigals and Songs (Oxford Camerata feat. conductor: Jeremy Summerly) Various Artists 1
2000 Oh Flanders Free: Music of the Flemish Renaissance (Capilla Flamenca feat. director: Dirk Snellings) Various Artists 1
2003 The Glory of Old England Armonico Consort 1
2006 Henry VIII: Choral And Instrumental Music (Alamire feat. conductor: David Skinner) Various Artists 1
2007 Music for Tudor Kings: Henry VII & Henry VIII Various Artists 1
2008 The Complete Vanguard Recordings, Volume Three: Christmas Carols and Motets Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort 1
2012 Royal Rhymes and Rounds The King’s Singers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Musique du temps de Maximilien 1er Compilation Various Artists 1
1997 English Music from Henry VIII to Charles II (His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts) Compilation Various Artists 1
1998 The Wedding Album Compilation Various Artists 1
1998 The French Ambassadors: Music Based on Holbein's Painting of "The Ambassadors" (Frottola) Compilation Various Artists 1
1999 Viva l'amore XVI - XVII Secolo (Flanders Recorder Quartet & Capilla Flamenca) Compilation Various Artists 1
2000 Music Through the Ages Compilation Various Artists 1
2003 Music From the Royal Court (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble) Compilation Philip Jones Brass Ensemble 1
2004 Sweet Music for Bathing Compilation Various Artists 1
2005 Music for a Great Castle Compilation Various Artists 1
2006 The Da Vinci Collection Compilation Various Artists 1
Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Compilation Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
Summer (Music for the Seasons) Compilation Various Artists 1
Wedding Album Compilation Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 1812 Live The Swingle Singers 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Australian InterVarsity Choral Festivals, The First 50 Years Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival Choir 1

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