To Her Majesty's Delight

From Wind Repertory Project
William Owens

William Owens

Subtitle: Dances of the Renaissance

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 4:20
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00; (digital) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


1. Pavanne
2. La Volta
3. Gallop


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

During the Tudor era (1485-1603), music was held in the highest regard. In the Tudor court, music served a purpose in all facets of life including festive gatherings, processions, and worship services. An accomplished musician, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I spent a significant amount of time practicing and was proud of her playing ability.

While the music itself is quite original, the three movement of To Her Majesty's Delight are inspired by her favorite dance styles. The regal Pavanne is an elegant, majestic dance that often opened ceremonial balls. This earlier of the court dances came to England by way of Spain.

Popular at English and German count until about 1750, the sprightly La Volta (Italian for "the turn") is a leaping and turning dance in triple meter.

The rollicking Gallop, named after the fastest running gate [sic: gait] of a horse, is a lively country dance. This highly popular dance of the era was introduced to French society in the late 1820s.

Commissioned by the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Eastern District, for the 2019 Middle School Symphonic Honors Band.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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