HENRY THE FIFTH (Shakespeare) op.330 (March 1984)

Incidental music for a production of the play by the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by Adrian Noble and starring Kenneth Branagh
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: The Royal Shakespeare Company
Instrumentation: Theatre ensemble
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Duration: 40 mins
First Performance: Royal Shakespeare Company 28 March 1984 with Kenneth Branagh as Henry V. Director: Adrian Noble


For Kenneth Branagh's notable theatrical debut for the opening of the 1984 Stratford season Adrian Noble asked Howard to write a 'film score for theatre', with distinct sounds portraying peace and war. For peace Howard wrote harp variations on the folk-like theme he set to 'Sword and shield', to be played on-stage, and for war a ferocious brass and percussion line-up including ship's chains and 20' thunder sheet. He also set 'Let us sip, and let it slip' and the 'Non Nobis Domine' for the cast to sing.


Related Works

'VARIATIONS FOR HARP ON A THEME FROM HENRY V (Shakespeare)' op.346 (1985)
Concert version of 10 variations on a theme composed for Henry V
'Variations On A Theme From Henry Vth' op.523 (September 2000)
Concert variations for harp see op. 346

Related Autobiography Chapters

British Airways,Thea King's clarinet concerto and Henry Vth at Stratford (1984)

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