English composer, brother of Antony Holborne. Nothing is known of him except for the six three-voice vocal compositions attached to Antony's The Cittharn Schoole (1597/R; ed. M. Kanazawa, Anthony Holborne: Complete Works, Cambridge, MA, ii, 1973), where they are described as William's ‘first fruites of composition’. Their style derives from Morley; all are binary compositions, as feeble as they are brief. The first and last are balletts. Their greatest interest lies in the reference in one piece to the death of the mysterious Bonny-Boots, a favourite but still unidentified courtier of Queen Elizabeth....
(Source: Oxford Music Online)
List of choral works
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