Here’s a short fantasy by Anthony Holborne (1545-1602). Not much is known about Anthony Holborne—he was described as a “gentleman usher” to Queen Elizabeth, which tells us little about what he actually did. But he was respected as a musician, and John Dowland dedicated one of his finest songs to him. During the renaissance, a fantasia was a free form piece in which the composer showed his skill in taking a theme and working through it contrapuntally. It’s often cited as the forerunner to the baroque fugue.
The sheet music for this is from the following collection:
Six Lute Pieces by Anthony Holborne
edited by John Duarte
I tweaked the music a little. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
South Euclid, OH
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