The Earl of Salibury’s Pavane

Composed by
William Byrd
Arranged by
Jock McKenzie
£ 20.00 

Originally designed as a response to the rapidly changing creative world of 2020 amidst the unprecedented COVID disruptions; these arrangements were created as a motivational tool for home use over the summer months for students and teachers alike, the intension being that the performer learns to play all the parts to each piece while learning and experimenting how to record themselves, how to make a click-track, how to multi-track, mix, video-edit and much more…. Due to popular demand these are now available again to purchase for ensembles of 8 Trumpets

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  • For Conductors, Teachers and/or Students
  • Percussion Backing Tracks to accompany Superbrass Educational Material
  • Backing Tracks are Free to Download
  • We always use 4 bars of Introduction before each tune starts (unless otherwise stated)
  • Turn your Practice into a Performance and have fun !
  • 8 Trumpets
  • Also suitable for various combinations of brass instruments




William Byrd was an English composer of the Renaissance. He wrote in many of the forms current in England at the time, including various types of sacred and secular polyphony, keyboard and consort music. What little music that was published was overwhelmingly choral, as keyboard music required printing techniques yet to be perfected. Musicians were used to copying instrumental music by hand into family ‘commonplace books’, while wealthier families employed a ‘scribe’ to do this. A Pavan or Pavane is one of the many types of popular dances from the Renaissance Period composed by Byrd and other composers of the time. It was common practice for a Pavane (usually 4 beats in a bar) to be followed by a Galliard, which is another type of dance with a contrasting 3 beats in a bar. However The Earl of Salisbury Pavane has two Galliards. This Renaissance composition was written in memory of Robert Cecil, the  Earl of Salisbury.

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