Rose Without a Thorn

From Wind Repertory Project
King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII (arr. Elgar Howarth)

General Info

Year: 1530 / 1991
Duration: c. 12:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Chester Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. It is for me a right great joy - 1:30
2. Pastime with good company - 1:25
3. Adieu! Madame et ma maistresse - 2:45
4. Taunder naken - 3:05
5. Departure is my chief pain - 2:20
6. En vray amoure – 1:05


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II (II doubling B-flat Flugelhorn)
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Elgar Howarth created these arrangements of works attributed to King Henry VIII (1491–1547). The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble frequently performed Howarth’s collection as the suite, A Rose Without a Thorn.

As a 10-year old prince, Henry unexpectedly rose in line for the throne following the early death of his elder brother. His thorough education included the study of several languages, philosophy, religion, literature, math, geometry, astronomy, cartography, riding, jousting, dancing, and his favorite subject -- music. The collection of instruments he amassed during his lifetime is quite impressive, and apparently he was able to play many of them. Another indication of his passion for music was the large number of musicians who served him, which included 14 trumpeters and 10 trombonists. It is believed that some, if not all, of the compositions of Howarth’s suite were composed before Henry became king.

In Henry’s most complex piece, Taunder Naken, he composed two florid lines above the highly popular Flemish song, T’Andernaken.

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark CD Thunder!: Sonus Brass

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 29 November 2018

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