Anthony Holborne

Anthony Holborne

Also known as A. Holborne, Anthonie Holborne, Anthony Holborn, Antony Holborne, Holborne, Holborne, Anthony, Holbourne
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Discography of Anthony Holborne:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Teares Of The Muses 1599 (Elizabethan Consort Music Vol. II) 32 Audio 2000 Alia Vox
2 Pavans And Galliards 24 Audio 1998 Naxos
3 Gitarre / Guitar 23 Audio 1986
4 English Consort Music 20 Audio 1986 BIS
5 The Image Of Melancolly 10 Audio 1991 Channel Classics
6 Instrumental Music From The Courts Of Queen Elizabeth And King James 19 Audio Decca
7 "My Selfe" - 16th Century Pavans, Galliards, And Almains 33 Audio 1999
8 Englische Musik Für Blockflöten Und Gamben-Consort 4 Audio
9 Pavans & Galliards 1599 8 Audio 1980 L'Oiseau-Lyre
10 Barocke Bläsermusik 12 Audio 1974

Composer of English consort music during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Born ca. 1545, died November 29, 1602

Holborne entered Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1562. He was admitted to the Inner Temple Court in 1565. Holborne married Elisabeth Marten on 14 June 1584. On the title page of both his books he claims to be in the service of Queen Elizabeth. He died of a ‘cold’ in November 1602.

He was held in the highest regard as a composer by contemporaries. John Dowland dedicated the very first song I saw my lady weepe in his Second Booke to Holborne. His patron was the Countess of Pembroke, Mary Sidney. In the 1590s he entered the service of Sir Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury.

His brother was William Holborne. Six of William's madrigals were included in the Cittarn Schoole.

His first known book was the Cittarn Schoole of 1597, consisting of compositions for the cittern. The preface indicates the pieces were composed over a number of years. He writes that the musical compositions are "untimely fruits of my youth, begotten in the cradle and infancy of my slender skill."

The Pavans, Galliards, Almains and other short Aeirs, both grave and light, in five parts, for Viols, Violins, recorders or other Musicall Winde Instruments was published in 1599 and consisted of 65 of his own compositions. It is the largest surviving collection of its kind. Most are of the pavan-galliard combination. Other pieces are of the allemande style. The rest are unclassified.

"The Fairie Round" from this collection was included on the Voyager Golden Record, copies of which were sent into space aboard the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes in 1977, as a representation of human culture and achievement to any who might find it.

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