Music has always been a reflection of the nature of life throughout history especially before all of today’s wealth of technology. The Golden Age in Western Civilization is no exception as proven by the creation of extensive variety and styles of music from England’s courts of Elizabeth I that includes the whimsical yet satirizing music performed by madrigals to entertain the Elizabethan Court. This DVD highlights the influence of the Church with the beautiful remembrance of St. Cecilia, the patroness of music to the operas borne and embraced by the French and Italians. This wealth of music lives again through excerpts of performances by musicians as the Zurich Opera, the London Opera, the Taverners Choir, the Consort of Musicke, and Anthony Rooley. Excerpts include playing pieces from composers such as Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Parcells’ Ode to St. Cecilia; Byrd’s Gaudeamus Omnes; Morley’s Fire, Fire; Lully’s Alceste; Marini’s Sonata for Two Violins; plus countless more music from the Golden Age.