William Brade


Born: 1560   Died: February 26, 1630   Country: England  
English composer and violinist William Brade was a significant transitional figure in instrumental music between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Brade is credited with transplanting English musical practices most readily associated with William Byrd, Peter Philips, and John Dowland to North German and Scandinavian soil, and in aiding the transformation from the Renaissance notion of the English consort to the more continental Baroque idea of Read more a string orchestra.

Brade first appears in the historical record as a violinist listed within the Brandenburg court orchestra in about 1590. Through 1622 Brade traveled in Northern Europe extensively, performing in the service of King Christian IV of Denmark in Copenhagen (where he came into contact with German virtuoso Johann Schop), in Berlin, and in Hamburg, where 16 of his pieces first appeared in a published edition of 1607. From 1613, Brade was employed in a number of posts, sometimes holding down a situation in two different courts at one time, such was the demand for his services. In 1722 Brade settled in Gottdorf, court of Duke Friedrich III of Holstein-Schaumberg where he was appointed director of the Hofkapelle. Being a foreigner employed in a town overrun with the Thirty Years' War proved too uncomfortable, and Brade was forced to flee back to Hamburg for the rest of his days.

Brade left behind him a substantive legacy of instrumental compositions consisting mainly of dances and even some primitively organized groups of pieces that resemble dance suites. Brade compiled no less than four published collections containing 167 dances, appearing in Hamburg in 1609, 1614, and 1617 with a final collection printed in Berlin in 1621; another 18 dances have been recovered from separate publications. Brade's set of variations Corale is by far the earliest piece of solo violin music composed by an Englishman, and Brade was also the first Englishman to assimilate into his work such continental dances as the canzone and intrada. Although not all of his tunes are original, Brade's dances are usually scored in five, and sometimes six, parts. Brade states that the music may be played by larger groups of instruments, though the music is strongly melodic in character and ultimately seems best suited to a smaller unit, such as a violin consort. Read less
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  • 1.
    As Our Sweet Cords With Discords Mixed Be: English Renaissance Consort Music
    Label: Resonus   Catalog: 10155 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Augustine Bassano,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  William Byrd,  William Brade  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium5
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  • 2.
    Sweete Musicke Of Sundrie Kindes / The Royal Wind Music
    Label: Lindoro   Catalog: 3023 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Parsons,  John Coprario,  Edmund Turges,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Leenhouts
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Wind Music
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  • 3.
    Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300564 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Crüger,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blechbläserensemble Ludwig Güttler
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  • 4.
    Taffel Consort: Instrumental Works By Thomas Simpson & William Brade
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999952 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Thomas Simpson
    Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser-Renaissance
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    Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 568 Release Date: 08/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  William Byrd,  Richard Wagner,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
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    My Precious Manuscript - Fantastic Sonatas From England To Germany / 	La Sainte Folie Fantastique
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 191 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Henry Butler,  John Jenkins,  William Brade  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Sainte Folie Fantastique
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  • 7.
    John Dowland and his Contemporaries: Come Again
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777799 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Scheidt,  Louys De Moy,  William Brade,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Wedemeier,  Jan Kobow,  Simone Eckert
    Conductor:  Simone Eckert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburger Ratsmusik
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  • 8.
    For His Majestys Sagbutts And Cornetts - English Music From Henry VIII to Charles II
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55406 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pierre Alamire,  Hugh Aston,  Christopher Tye  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy Roberts,  Raphael Mizraki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
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  • 9.
    The King Of Denmark's Delight / Consortium Hafniense
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 307 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  William Brade,  Mogens Pederson,  Fabricio Caroso  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Hafniense
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  • 10.
    Brass Music For Christmas / Guttler, Blechblaserensemble
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115152 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Heinrich Schütz,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Moritz von Hessen-Kassel  ... 
    Conductor:  Ludwig Güttler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble
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    In Dulci Jubilo: Weihnachten Mit Ludwig Guttler
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 94502 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francesco Manfredini,  Johann David Heinichen,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
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  • 12.
    Music Of The Swedish Great Power Period / Westerberg, Et Al
    Label: Daphne   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 10/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann-Wilhelm Furchheim,  Nicolaus Adam Strungk,  Vincenzo Albrici,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrika Westerberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tre Kronor Baroque Ensemble
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    Music from the Royal Court / Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 475152 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Jan Dismas Zelenka,  John Jenkins,  Johann Christoph Pezel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble,  London Festival Brass Ensemble
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    Shakespeare's Music / Baird, Mcfarlane, Urrey, Et Al
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90017 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Johnson,  Robert Johnson,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane,  Julianne Baird,  Frederick Urrey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort,  Les Witches,  Toronto Consort  ... 
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    40 Years - Five Centuries Of Music / American Brass Quintet
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 263 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Thomas Stoltzer,  William Brade,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Cobb,  Raymond Mase,  Michael Powell,  John Rojak  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet
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    Fortune My Foe - Music Of Shakespeare's Time / Les Witches
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 93182 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  John Coprario,  Robert Johnson,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger,  Pascale Boquet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
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  • 17.
    Nutmeg & Ginger / Pickett, Musicians Of The Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456507 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous,  George Mason,  William Wigthorpe  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  Tom Finucane,  Gary Cooper,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 18.
    Mascharada - Music at the Court of Ernst III / King's Noyse
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907165 Release Date: 08/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  Thomas Simpson,  Nicolaus Bleyer,  Johann Grabbe
    Conductor:  David Douglass
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Noyse
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  • 19.
    Music from the Time of Christian IV - Instrumental and Lute
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 390 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allessandro Orologio,  Jacques Foucart,  Johann Schop,  Thomas Simpson  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dowland Consort,  Royal Danish Brass
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  • 20.
    English Consort Music / Clas Pehrsson, Musica Dolce
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 305 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Brade,  William Byrd,  Michael East,  Anthony Holborne  ... 
    Conductor:  Clas Pehrsson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Dolce Recorder Consort
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  • 21.
    Music For Brass Ensemble From 16th-18th Centuries
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 223 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Pezel,  William Byrd,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Torsten Ĺström,  Mogens Andresen,  Anders Hansson,  Leif Andersson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Brass Ensemble,  Malmö Brass Ensemble
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  • 22.
    Brass Bonanza - Gabrieli, Speer, Arnold, Hovhaness, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 200 Release Date: 06/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Gabrieli,  Daniel Speer,  Alan Hovhaness,  Brent Dutton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Brass Quintet,  Berlin Brass Quintet,  Annapolis Brass Quintet  ... 
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