The original is in the public domain -- but I can't read it.In all seriousness... why not do your own? You know the strengths and weaknesses of your band, and if anything could be nailed on to be a "Public Domain" work, this is it.
When we've performed it, the MD's simply instructed the kit percussionist to make up something suitably 'hey nonny nonny' along the lines of the first half of the arrangement. It works well - there's no dependency on a rock beat in the brass parts. Btw, I concur on the good taste judgment - it's not brass banding's finest musical moment when the rock beat kicks in...-- except for the "rock" drum part that starts at about 1:30 of the piece. I think that a re-write of the drum part might be in order here, if we want to include it in more serious concerts.
Screenshot of it attached to this post... No excuses now!The original is in the public domain -- but I can't read it.
(Click for image) Pastime with Good Company - Wikipedia
I would have to work from someone else's arrangement, and to my knowledge, none of those are in the Public Domain.
And I'm already in the middle of half a dozen other arrangments. I've promised myself not to start any more until these are finished....
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The Pacific Brass Band, Salinas, California, USA
This looks rather modified (and in places incorrect) to my eyes - compare the JPG I just posted.Here's the original in modern notation, should you wish to make your own arrangement.
Lol not at all - appreciate theres a lot of people that don't like "tat" (which the Roberts version is I guess) - however I find it fun to play even though it is a splitfest on cornet for most bands and theres an out-of-keeping rock beat. But then I also quite like The Floral Dance and the Ashmore arrangement of Jingle Bells - maybe I'm just a bit sadI hope I didn't sound as though suggesting superiority by not liking it. It's probably just that I'm not cool enough
Thanks for letting me know of this additional arrangement. I see that there's an MP3 to hear it as well. I'll have a look & a listen.Just download the free Stephen Rockey arrangement and give it a go.
I like everything about the published Roberts arrangement except the rock 'n' roll drums. My intention is to purchase that arrangement & re-write the percussion.Steve Roberts arrangement stems from the original Fine Arts Brass arrangement. ...If you want something slightly different just ask Steve he's prolific in arrangement and I'm sure would knock up a style you prefer. Henry VIII won't complain.