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Pastime with Good Company

By King Henry VIII

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Concert Band/Harmonie - Grade 3
Composed by King Henry VIII. Arranged by Philip Sparke. Anglo Music Midway Series. Score Only. Composed 2003. Anglo Music Press #AMP 064-140. Published by Anglo Music Press (BT.AMP-064-140).

Item Number: BT.AMP-064-140

The English king, Henry VIII (1491-1547), is mainly remembered for disposing of his wives on a regular basis and breaking with the Catholic Church when the Pope Clement VII refused to grant him a divorce so he could marry Anne Boleyn.As a young man he was a gifted athlete, dancer and composer, writing many songs, poems and consort pieces (though not Greensleeves, as is often believed). Pastime with Good Company is undoubtedly the best-known of these, written in the first years of the 16th century while he was still a handsome prince, newly married to Catherine of Aragon and the envy of Europe. The lyrics tell of the joys of hunting, dancing and singing and would have been sungas part of the court entertainment.This arrangement features a quartet of soloists and two solo drummers.

De Engelse koning Hendrik VIII (1491-1547) werd vooral bekend door de vele vrouwen die hij versleet en vanwege zijn breuk met de rooms-katholieke kerk nadat paus Clemens VII hem een scheiding van een van die vrouwen weigerde. Alsjonge man was Hendrik VIII een begaafd atleet, danser en componist. Aan het begin van de zestiende eeuw schreef hij Pastime with Good Company, ongetwijfeld zijn bekendste lied. De tekst gaat over de geneugten van het jagen,zingen en dansen, en het lied werd naar verluidt gezongen als onderdeel van het hofamusement. Philip Sparke maakte een fraai arrangement van dit koninklijke stuk.

An den englischen Konig Heinrich VIII (1491-1547) erinnert man sich heute hauptsachlich als einen, der sich immer wieder seiner Ehefrauen entledigte. Als junger Mann schrieb Heinrich zahlreiche Lieder, Gedichte und Sonette. Darunter ist das Lied Pastime with Good Company, das er zu Beginn des 16. Jahrhunderts schrieb, zweifellos das bekannteste. Der Text erzahlt von den Freuden der Jagd, des Tanzes und des Gesangs und wurde wohl zur Unterhaltung am Hof gesungen. Philip Sparkes Bearbeitung macht das Stuck fur ein modernes Blasorchester spielbar, ohne den Geist des Originals zu vernachlassigen.

La storia ricorda Enrico VIII come il re dalle sei mogli e come responsabile della scissione con la Chiesa di Roma che rifiuto di annullare il suo matrimonio con Caterina d'Aragona. Si sa che la sua gioventu fu ricca di lettura ed attivita fisica, ma Enrico VIII fu anche un brillante compositore, autore di numerose canzoni e opere da concerto. Pastime with Good Company e senza dubbio il piu celebre dei suoi pezzi. Il testo evoca le gioie della caccia, della danza e del canto. Un'opera tipica del Rinascimento.

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