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Pastime with Good Company

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King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII (arr. Philip Sparke)

General Info

Year: c. 1513 / 2004
Duration: c. 6:26
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts - $129.00   |   Score Only - $28.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Crash Cymbal
  • Finger Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tenor Drum (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Henry VIII (1491-1547) is mainly remembered for disposing of his wives on a regular basis and breaking with the Catholic Church when the Pope Clement VII refused to grant him a divorce so he could marry Anne Boleyn. He was, however, a gifted athlete, dancer and composer, writing many songs, poems and consort pieces (though not Greensleeves, as is often believed). Pastime with Good Company is undoubtedly the best-known of these, written in the first years of the 16th century while he was still a handsome prince, newly married to Catherine of Aragon and the envy of Europe. The lyrics tell the joys of hunting, dancing and singing, and would have been sung as part of the court entertainment.

- Program Note from publisher

The style is considered a ballad, understanding that the term in the Renaissance period refers to a light, simple song composed of short stanzas. These ballads often accompanied dance and did not refer to a slower tempo. A characteristic component of the composition is its rhythmic meter occasionally dictated by the words of a poem.

The melody is in two parts, each with repeated phrases. The remainder of the composition consists of variations built upon these components of the melody remaining in the metric form and dynamic shape of the phrases.

- Program Note from Teach Music through Performance in Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Burrack, Frederick. "Pastime with Good Company." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 391-400. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Henry VII; Sparke, P. (2004). Pastime for Good Company [score]. Anglo Music Corp.: Wembley.