2. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

Tutorial: learn the song 'Pavans and pageantry'

The tutorial: learn the song

Finding out about the lives of two extraordinary monarchs: Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Join Wayne and Jenny to learn the song 'Pavans and pageantry', a slow ceremonial song inspired by the rhythm of a pavan dance.

We hear from Henry VIII as a young man describing his various activities, and about his death in 1547.

Then we meet Elizabeth I on royal progress around the country in 1578 and listen to some early instruments of the time.

The song: 'Pavans and pageantry'

Song: 'Pavans and pageantry' (vocal)
Song: 'Pavans and pageantry' (backing)

The song has verses for both King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Note the slow - quick - quick rhythm, inspired by the pavan dance rhythm.

Once you have learnt the song by singing with vocal version polish your performance by singing with the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.

Listening music

Clap and tap knees with the rhythms of ‘La Volta’
Tudor music: Greensleeves

'La Volta' is another dance piece suitable for a pavan. Clap hands or tap knees to the beat.

If you'd like to try some Tudor dance steps to go with the music you can find instructions in our unit of dance programmes about Henry VIII.

Or listen to the famous Tudor tune 'Greensleeves' - possibly composed by Henry VIII himself.


Teacher's Notes
Meet the famous people
Lyric sheets for pupils
Lyrics - Pavans and pageantry
Music - Pavans and pageantry

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