Dallam's Travels with an Organ to the Grand Signieur, 1599-1600

Thomas DALLAM (c 1570 - )

Queen Elizabeth the First of England, the Grand Turk at Constantinople, and an organ builder named Thomas Dallam—quite a trio. In 1599, Elizabeth commanded master organ builder Dallam to construct and deliver to the Grand Signieur , as a present intended to garner trade and political advantages for England, a fantastic mechanical organ. Dallam’s wonder stood 16 feet high and was topped by a silver holly bush filled with blackbirds and thrushes that sung and shook their wings. Dallam kept a diary during his visit to Turkey, which included a sneak look through a grate at the Grand Turk’s concubines in the harem. “I stood so long looking upon them that (the guide) stamped with his foot to make me give over looking; the which I was very loath to do, for that sight did please me wondrous well.” Dallam’s ingenuous style and numerous adventures make for a highly enjoyable listen. - Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Departure - Meeting with Dunkirkers Sue Anderson
00:11:08
Play 02 The Dunkirkers Sue Anderson
00:10:55
Play 03 At Algiers Sue Anderson
00:13:13
Play 04 Visit to a Monastery on the Island of Zante Sue Anderson
00:23:34
Play 05 At Scanderoon Sue Anderson
00:17:04
Play 06 Master Maye Taken Prisoner Sue Anderson
00:16:13
Play 07 At Chios - A Bag of Garlic Sue Anderson
00:16:30
Play 08 Entering the Dardanelles Sue Anderson
00:15:39
Play 09 Arrival at Constantinople Sue Anderson
00:13:41
Play 10 Taking the Organ to the Seraglio Sue Anderson
00:17:46
Play 11 Dallam Plays the Organ for the Grand Signieur Sue Anderson
00:16:06
Play 12 Dallam Has a Narrow Escape Sue Anderson
00:18:40
Play 13 Journey Home Across Greece Sue Anderson
00:19:51
Play 14 Trumpets Sounding, Home to London Sue Anderson
00:20:55