Holborne – ‘Wanton’ for Brass Quintet


Anthony Holborne (c. 1545 – 1602) was an English composer during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, writing principally for instrumental consorts. Highly regarded by his peers, John Dowland even dedicated the first song in his ‘Second Booke’ to him. This composition, ‘Wanton‘ is the 61st piece in a collection published in 1599 called ‘Pavans, Galliards, Almains and other short Aeirs, both grave and light, in five parts, for Viols, Violins, or other Musicall Winde Instruments’. Containing 65 compositions all by Holborne, this is the largest surviving collection of it’s kind.

Instrumentation:

Part 1: Trumpet in Bb

Part 2: Trumpet in Bb/Horn in F

Part 3: Horn in F/Trombone – trombone parts included in bass clef and Bb treble

Part 4: Trombone – parts included in bass clef and Bb treble

Part 5: Tuba – parts included in bass clef, Bb treble and Eb treble