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Tobias Hume

1569 - April 16, 1645
composed during the Renaissance period
Capt. Tobias Hume was a remarkably unsuccessful composer in his lifetime, but the qualities that put off his contemporaries attract today's admirers of viol music. Hume's music was nearly as eccentric as the man himself; it exploited the viol's wide dynamics and ability to sustain a melodic line, in contrast to the more contrapuntally oriented lute, which the viol was slowly supplanting in popularity during Hume's lifetime. Hume filched brief musical phrases from other men's compositions and incorporated them into new pieces of widely varying moods, often with odd titles (My Mistresse hath a Pritty Thing, Twickledum Twickledum).

Hume himself was every bit as colorful as his music, perhaps more so. Despite his serious musical efforts -- he published two extensive collections of pieces -- he though of himself primarily as a soldier. Nothing is known of his early life; he seems to have spent many years traipsing across Europe as a mercenary, serving as an officer in the Swedish and Russian armies (it was in the former that he achieved the rank of captain; late in life, he claimed to be a colonel). The end of the war between Sweden and Poland in 1629 probably sent Hume back home to England for good. He did not enjoy financial success; that year he entered London's Charterhouse, a former priory redesigned as a home for "distressed" gentlemen, and died there in 1645, after several years of issuing periodic, unanswered missives offering his services to the English king to, among other things, crush the Catholic rebellion in Ireland that began in 1642.

Even while soldiering, Hume aspired to be a recognized composer promoting the virtues of the viol against those of the lute. He published two big books of music; the first, in 1605, is full of fanciful instrumental dances and meditations and stands as the largest collection of music for solo lyra viol by a single composer in the early seventeenth century. The second, from 1607, titled Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke, is more stylistically circumspect, intended as it was to gain the patronage of Queen Anne. In general, Hume's pieces make few technical demands on their players (suggesting that Hume himself was no virtuoso), relying instead on interesting sonorities and musical invention. ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Track List: Captain Tobias Hume: The Passion of Musick

Comments

Just learn
The soul like this piece bridges between our body materialism and our mind or spirit bravo !!!!!
Hooray for lunatics who find artistic outlet! If you know a person who is crazy find out what art form they like best and set them up with gear and lessons. The world will be better off for your efforts.
Haven't heard of this composer before. Quite mysterious music.
At last; what my soul has craved for sooo tooo long. Thank you miestro!

Never heard of you until now , but love you. Tnx Pandora..
say your name
close your eyes
make a wish
say your crushes name twice
post this on 4 other songs you will go out with your crush
Thank you Captain, for your beautiful music. So mysterious his compositions were, as was he.
seawild
What an interesting character! Hope to here much more of the viol.
hmtgy
I finally found Hume.
Hume has finally found an audience.
thegrourkes
i dont know the difference between baroque and renaissance music. i dont notice a difference ecept for the more flowling violins or violas in some songs composed during the renaissance period.
mistress.san d m
He is wonderful if you enjoy things that are a little off.
ervon01
Liked his music don't know if I would have liked the man
very much like the viols!
i dig
Freaks give us something to b**ch about.
panster
Tobias Hume sounds like a freak. Thank God for freaks!
larry.campos
odd. but i like it.
Hume sounds amazingly modern.Very nice.
An eccentric creator, touch of melancholy, pensive, contemplativ e searching. Would like to have met him.
Huh. Never heard of the guy. Interesting that he shows up on my Dvorak station, but I'm not arguing. I'll have to look him up sometime.
I just discovered this guy, and enjoyed the piece I heard quite a bit. It was more melancholy compared to the upbeat tune most popular classical music has.
I feel like hitting the "report abuse" button every time I'm subjected to one of their annoying adds breaking into his music.

i think it's pretty cool that they are putting him on, he is not very well-known. i definitely see how he compares to Reich and Glass, it is minimal, haunting, and beautiful. Glass also has an entire album of Cello pieces. I find Hume's music really beautiful and interesting, especially because he was batshit crazy.
Dowland made upsetting comments about Hume, it's a shame. Dowland was the imaginative infant compared to Hume.
I think it's funny that this guy comes up on every classical station I've had so far. hmm. Pandora needs to expand their catalog. I could understand when he pops up on my John Dowland station, but Phillip Glass and Steve Reich??? Maybe Reich had a cello in one of his pieces...may b e one.

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