William Byrd (arr. Pearson)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II/B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II/E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
B-flat Cornets/Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Finger Cymbals
- Hand Drum
- Snare Drum
- Snare Drum, advanced
None discovered thus far.
Court Festival is an arrangement of the composition The Earle of Oxford's Marche by Renaissance composer William Byrd. The Renaissance period (1400-1600) brought an explosion of new ideas and advancements in art, architecture, science and philosophy. The period was called Renaissance, meaning rebirth, because artistic ideals from ancient Greece were discovered.
Music was a large part of everyday life during the Renaissance. Music notation became more standardized and more like the notation we use today. During the Renaissance, music written especially for instruments became increasingly popular. Composed for court festivals and special occasions, dance music was favored by the royalty and nobility for entertainment.
The Earl of Oxford's Marche, also known as The March before the Battle, was originally written for keyboard. The stately elegance of this music captures the great dignity of a distinguished personage.
- Program Note from score
- Indiana: ISSMA JUNIOR BAND GROUP III
- Louisiana: I
- North Carolina: II
- Texas: I. Complete
- West Virginia: I
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Nebraska Kearney Honor Band (Brian Albers, conductor) – 27 January 2020
- Chippewa Middle School Band (Scott Duff, conductor) - 2014
Works for Winds by This Composer
- The Bells (arr. Schoonenbeek) (1899/2019(?))
- Court Festival (arr. Pearson) (1999)
- The Earle of Oxford's Marche (arr. Grimo) (1581-91/1992)
- The Battell (tr. Jacob) (c. 1590/1964)
- Earl of Salisbury, The (tr. Frackenpohl) (c. 1612/1961)
- Fitzwilliam Suite (arr. Gordon) (1962)
- La Volta (arr. Fenske) (1996)
- Sellingers Rownde (arr. Fenske) (1591?/2015)
- William Byrd Portrait (arr. Vinson) (2003)
- Wolsey's Wilde (arr. McGinty) (2001)
- Wolsey's Wilde (arr. Hartzell) (1995)
- Byrd, W.; Pearson, B. (1999). Court Festival [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.