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Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home

Classical/Instrumental • 2014 • Alternative Title: Willoughby

For woodwind and brass

Title by uploader: Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home for woodwind and brass

12.00 USD

ZIP, 462.6 Kb ID: SM-000203725 Upload date: 12 Apr 2014
Flute, Flute piccolo, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Scored for
Wind ensemble
Type of score
Full score, Parts
David W Solomons
Arrangement of a traditional English song from the days of Elizabeth I.
This is the woodwind and brass nonet version.
The zip file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Other versions of this song (including a double choir version of the song itself) are also available on musicaneo:
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For wind, brass and timpani

Title by uploader: Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home for wind, brass and timpani

18.00 USD

PDF, 693.5 Kb ID: SM-000269779 Upload date: 02 Feb 2017
Flute, Flute piccolo, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Timpani
Scored for
Concert band
Type of score
Full score, Parts
David W Solomons
David W Solomons
Year of composition
Based on a popular song about an English warrior from Renaissance times on his return from a victorious battle.
John Dowland wrote a lute duet based on the tune, and, several centuries later, I wrote a version for wind and brass.
(on )
This new version is a slightly amended version of that setting and also adds a timpani part.
The pdf file contains the score and parts.
The sound sample is a live recording by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra.

The words of the original song are:

The fifteenth day of July, with glist'ning speare & shield,
A famous fight in Flanders was foughten in the field:
The most couragious officers were the English captains three,
But the bravest in the Battel was brave Lord Willoughby.

The next was Captain Norris a valiant man was he;
The other Captain Turner, that from field would never flee;
With fifteen hundred fighting men, alas, there was no more,
They fought with forty thousand then, upon that bloody shore.

"Stand to it, noble Pike-men, and look you round about;
And shoot you right, you Bow-men, and we will keep them out;
You Musquet and Calliver men, do you prove ture to me,
I'll be the foremost man in fight," says brave Lord Willoughby.

And then the bloody enemy they fiercely did assail,
They fought it out most furiously not doubting to prevail,
The wounded men on both sides fell most piteous for to see,
Yet nothing could the courage quell of brave Lord Willoughby.

For seven hours in all mens view the fight endured sore,
Until our men so feeeble grew that they could fingt no more,
And them upon dead horses full savourly they eat
And drank the puddle water, they could no better get.

And when they fed so freely, they kneeled on the ground,
And praised God devoutely for the courage they had found,
And beating up their colours the fight they did renew,
And turning toward the Spanyards, a thousand more they slew.

The sharp steel-pointed Arrows and Bullets thick did flye;
Then did our valiant Souldiers charge on most furiously,
Which made the Spaniards waver, they thought it best to flee,
They fear'd the stout behaviour of brave Lord Willoughby.

Then quoth the Spanish general, "Come let us march away,
I fear we shall be spoiled all, if that we longer stay,
for yonder comes Lord Willoughby, with courage fierce and fell:
He will not give one inch of way for all the Devils in Hell."

And then the fearful enemy was quickly put to flight,
Our men pursued courageously and rout their forces quite,
And at last they gave a shout, which echoed through the sky,
"God and St. George for England!" the conquerors did cry.
This news was brought to England will all the speed might be,
And then our gracious Queen was told of this same victory,
Oh, this is brave Lord Willoughby my love that ever won,
Of all the Lord of honour, tis he great deed hath done.

For souldiers that were maimed and wounded in the fray,
Our Queen allowed a pension of fifteen pence a day,
Besides all costs and charges she quit and set them free,
And this she did all for the sake of brave Lord Willoughby.

Then courage, noble English men, and never be dismaid,
If that we be but one to ten we will not be afraid
To fight with forraign Enemies, and set our Country free,
And thus I end the bloody bout of brave Lord Willoughby.
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