Rick Wakeman (1949) is an English pianist, organist, keyboardist and songwriter. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s.
"The Six Wives of Henry VIII" is his first studio album released in January 1973. It is an instrumental progressive album with its concept based on his interpretations of the musical characteristics of the six wives of Henry VIII.
"The album is based around my interpretations of the musical characteristics of the wives of Henry VIII. Although the style may not always be in keeping with their individual history, it is my personal conception of their characters in relation to keyboard instruments."The original organ on "Jane Seymour" (fourth piece in the suite) was recorded at St Giles-without-Cripplegate church in London. The music reminds the toccata style of Bach and Domenico Scarlatti.