Holborne | Five Pieces arr. by Brian Jeffery for solo guitar

Holborne | Five Pieces arr. by Brian Jeffery for solo guitar

Model: TECLA 0795
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These five pieces were originally composed for the lute, and have here been transcribed for the guitar by Brian Jeffery from the original tablature. The collection was previously published by Oxford University Press and has now been assigned to Tecla Editions.

(Note: this is simple A4 sheet music, without cover).

Contents, all of them dances:

Pavane: The Countess of Pembroke's Paradise
Coranto: As it fell on a holy eve
Coranto: Heigh ho holiday
Alman: The Night Watch

Antony Holborne, a gentleman at the court of Elizabeth I, composed for many different instruments. Of all Elizabethan composers, he would have been the first to approve of the transcription of his pieces for other instruments such as the guitar.

Two of his pavanes bear the name of Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke, the sister of Sir Philip Sidney: her ‘Funerals’, a sad piece written on her bereavements, and her ‘Paradise’ printed here. The poet Edmund Spenser was also in the Countess of Pembroke’s circle; and the two corantos printed here bear names which are consecutive lines from Spenser’s The Shepherd’s Calendar:

It fell upon a holy eve,
Heigh ho holiday.
Why the alman is called The Night Watch,
though, is still unknown.

This collection is one of a series of seven titles originally published by Oxford University Press, all of the lute music arranged for guitar by Brian Jeffery.

The seven titles in the series, now all available from Tecla, are:

Renaissance Popular Music (TECLA 0791)
Francis Cutting- Five Pieces (TECLA 0792)
John Dowland- Four Pieces (TECLA 0793)
John Dowland- Four More Pieces (TECLA 0794)
Anthony Holborne- Five Pieces (TECLA 0795)
Francis Pilkington- Five Pieces (TECLA 0796)
Six Elizabethan duets arranged for two guitars (TECLA 0797)

First published by Tecla in 1995.
This is music from the era of Shakespeare.


  • Model: TECLA 0795
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  • Condition: New

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