The World Encompassed


Sir Francis Drake’s Circumnavigation of the Globe 1577-80

During his journey to circumnavigate the globe Sir Francis Drake took four viol players with him, who played both for his devotions and to the native peoples around the world that they encountered.

Fretwork have commissioned British composer Orlando Gough to recreate this remarkable journey in sound, in a work for viol consort that combines music from 16th century England with the ‘sounds’ that these musicians would have heard and perhaps tried to recreate on their journey – from the rebab and the gamelan to the mesmerising chanting of the Native Americans. The result is a musical narrative of one of the most significant achievements of the English golden age and an evocation of the earliest musical encounters between east and west.

This premiere recording is interspersed with narration from The World Encompassed, one of the first literary accounts of the journey, read by Simon Callow.

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Orlando Gough


Simon Callow narrator


Sir Francis Drake’s Circumnavigation of the Globe 1577-80


Release date: 2nd June 2017
Order code: SIGCD453
Barcode: 635212045329


1  Introduction – Anonymous

2  Leaving Plymouth – Francis Drake

3  The Song Called Trumpets – Orlando Gough

4  Preserve Us O Lord – John Taverner

5  Mogador – Francis Drake

6  Berbers – Francis Drake

7  In Nomine – Orlando Gough

8  Nuno de Silva – Francis Drake

9  Cape Verde – Orlando Gough

10  Maio Santiago Fogo – Francis Drake 

11  Crossing the Atlantic – Orlando Gough

12  Fortune my Foe – Francis Drake

13  Port Desire: Patagonian Indians – Robert White

14  Berimbau – Orlando Gough

15  Port Julian – Anonymous

16  In Nomine – Robert Parsons

17  Terra Incognita – Anonymous

18  The Complaint of a Sinner – Francis Drake



1 De La Court – Orlando Gough

2 Preserve us Lord – Francis Drake

3 Cacafuego – Orlando Gough

4 The Spanish Main – Orlando Gough

5 Albion – Francis Drake

6 Miwok Indians – Orlando Gough

7 Crossing the Pacific – Francis Drake

8 Ternate – Innocentio Alberti

9 Moors – Francis Drake

10 Musical Paradise – Picforth

11 Pavin – Orlando Gough

12 Java – Orlando Gough

13 In Nomine – Francis Drake

14 Gamelan – Anonymous

15 Rounding the Cape of Good Hope – Robert Parsons

16 Reaching Plymouth – Francis Drake

17 Psalm 100 – Anonymous

18 The Song Called Trumpets – Robert Parsons