Anthony Holborne

Anthony Holborne

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Anthony Holborne
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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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Anthony Holborne Discography

Albums

Morley*Byrd*Holborne*Purcell* Morley*Byrd*Holborne*Purcell* - Englische Musik Für Blockflöten Und Gamben-Consort (Album) Telefunken, Telefunken Germany 1968 Sell This Version
RG 572 Dowland* / East* / Holborne*, Musica Reservata, Michael Morrow, Purcell Consort*, Grayston Burgess Dowland* / East* / Holborne*, Musica Reservata, Michael Morrow, Purcell Consort*, Grayston Burgess - Metaphysical Tobacco (Songs And Dances By Dowland, East And Holborne)(LP, Mono) Argo (2) RG 572 UK 1968 Sell This Version
6.42252 AS, 6.42252 Philip Jones-Bläserensemble*, Gabrieli*, Scheidt*, Locke*, Holborne* Philip Jones-Bläserensemble*, Gabrieli*, Scheidt*, Locke*, Holborne* - Barocke Bläsermusik(LP) Decca, Decca 6.42252 AS, 6.42252 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
0276-002 Jean-Joseph Mouret, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Giovanni Gabrieli, Michel Richard Delalande, Anthony Holborne, Henry Purcell, Ludwig van Beethoven Jean-Joseph Mouret, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Giovanni Gabrieli, Michel Richard Delalande, Anthony Holborne, Henry Purcell, Ludwig van Beethoven - Musique Baroque(LP) Syrinx Record 0276-002 France 1976 Sell This Version
STU 71169, STU 71 169 Quintette De Cuivres Guy Touvron*, G.P. Palestrina*, A. Holborne*, J. Adson*, S. Scheidt*, M. Locke*, J.C. Pezel*, G.H. Haendel* Quintette De Cuivres Guy Touvron*, G.P. Palestrina*, A. Holborne*, J. Adson*, S. Scheidt*, M. Locke*, J.C. Pezel*, G.H. Haendel* - Oeuvres Du XVIe Au XVIII Siècles(LP, Album, Gat) Erato, Erato STU 71169, STU 71 169 France 1979 Sell This Version
DSLO 569 Anthony Holborne - The Guildhall Waits, The Consort Of Musicke Anthony Holborne - The Guildhall Waits, The Consort Of Musicke - Pavans & Galliards 1599(LP) L'Oiseau-Lyre DSLO 569 UK 1980 Sell This Version
1C 069-99 975 T A. Holborne*, Michel Piguet, Anthony Bailes, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis A. Holborne*, Michel Piguet, Anthony Bailes, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Lessons For Consort, Lute Cittern And Orpharion(LP) Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 1C 069-99 975 T Germany 1983 Sell This Version
27 0217 1, 067 EL 27 0217 1 Dowland*Philips*Howett*Holbourne*Britten*Beaser*Paganini* - Eliot Fisk Dowland*Philips*Howett*Holbourne*Britten*Beaser*Paganini* - Eliot Fisk - Dowland ∙ Philips ∙ Howett ∙ Holbourne ∙ Britten ∙ Beaser ∙ Paganini(LP, Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 27 0217 1, 067 EL 27 0217 1 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LP-305 Brade*, Byrd*, Holborne*, Simpson*, East*, Ferrabosco* And Philips* - Musica Dolce*Clas Pehrsson Brade*, Byrd*, Holborne*, Simpson*, East*, Ferrabosco* And Philips* - Musica Dolce*Clas Pehrsson - English Consort Music(LP, Album) BIS LP-305 Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
Holborne*, Byrd*, Dowland*, Bull*, Gibbons*, Lawes*, Ferrabosco I* / Fretwork Holborne*, Byrd*, Dowland*, Bull*, Gibbons*, Lawes*, Ferrabosco I* / Fretwork - Heart's Ease (Music For Viol Consort From The Late Tudor And Early Stuart Age) (Album) Virgin Classics, Virgin Classics UK 1988 Sell This Version
CCS 2891 Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet & Kees Boeke, Anthony Holborne Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet & Kees Boeke, Anthony Holborne - The Image Of Melancolly(CD, Album) Channel Classics CCS 2891 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
8.553874 Antony Holborne*, Thomas Robinson, Christopher Wilson (2), Shirley Rumsey Antony Holborne*, Thomas Robinson, Christopher Wilson (2), Shirley Rumsey - Pavans And Galliards(CD, Album) Naxos 8.553874 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
HMU 907238 Holborne* - The King's NoyseDavid DouglassPaul O'Dette Holborne* - The King's NoyseDavid DouglassPaul O'Dette - "My Selfe" - 16th Century Pavans, Galliards, And Almains(CD, Album) Harmonia Mundi USA, Harmonia Mundi France HMU 907238 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
SS 89173 Gabrieli* - Brade* - Pezel* - Lassus* - Holborne* - The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble*, The Cleveland Brass Ensemble*, The Chicago Brass Ensemble Gabrieli* - Brade* - Pezel* - Lassus* - Holborne* - The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble*, The Cleveland Brass Ensemble*, The Chicago Brass Ensemble - The Antiphonal Music Of Gabrieli(SACD, Album, RM) Sony Classical SS 89173 US 2000 Sell This Version
AV 9813 Anthony Holborne, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall Anthony Holborne, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall - The Teares Of The Muses 1599 (Elizabethan Consort Music Vol. II)(CD, Album) Alia Vox AV 9813 Spain 2000 Sell This Version
RIC 339 Anthony Holborne, L'Achéron, François Joubert-Caillet Anthony Holborne, L'Achéron, François Joubert-Caillet - The Fruit Of Love(CD) Ricercar RIC 339 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
STU 71410 Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest, A. Holborne*, G. Farnaby*, S. Scheidt*, H. Purcell*, J-J. Mouret*, M. Arnold* Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest, A. Holborne*, G. Farnaby*, S. Scheidt*, H. Purcell*, J-J. Mouret*, M. Arnold* - Quintette De Cuivres De Budapest(LP) Erato STU 71410 France Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CDC 077 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anthony Holborne, Johann Strauss Jr., Georg Friedrich Händel, Thomas Morley, Enrique Granados, Hector Berlioz, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anthony Holborne, Johann Strauss Jr., Georg Friedrich Händel, Thomas Morley, Enrique Granados, Hector Berlioz, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Richard Strauss - Natale Con Telarc: Danze, Marce ed Arie(CD, Comp) Telarc CDC 077 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
SBK 63061 William Brade, Aurelio Bonelli, Johann Christoph Pezel*, Orlande de Lassus*, Gottfried Reiche, Anthony Holborne, Jeremiah Clarke, Georg Friedrich Händel, William Croft, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, New England Brass Ensemble, E. Power Biggs William Brade, Aurelio Bonelli, Johann Christoph Pezel*, Orlande de Lassus*, Gottfried Reiche, Anthony Holborne, Jeremiah Clarke, Georg Friedrich Händel, William Croft, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, New England Brass Ensemble, E. Power Biggs - The Glorious Sound of Brass - Renaissance and Baroque Masterpieces(CD, Comp) Sony Classical SBK 63061 US 1997 Sell This Version