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Phoenix. A glass window specially designed, made and photographed by Malcolm Crowthers.
Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7
Recording details: December 1996
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Produced by John Hayward-Warburton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 4 minutes 54 seconds

A Voluntarie, for my Ladye Nevell, BK61
composer
Nevell (No 26). [Neighbour, ‘Fantasia G1’ p 253]

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Davitt Moroney (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançais
The voluntary played here, being in Nevell, must predate 1591, but only just. The manuscript’s table of contents calls it the voluntarie lesson. It opens with a short prelude that, in the most literal sense, sets the tone (Mixolydian G major). The same approach may be heard in another G major fantasia, BK63. The last section develops even further the idea already heard at the ends of Fancies BK46 and 25. In those works the closing idea lasted 7 and 12 semibreves, repectively; now it has become a long paragraph lasting 16 semibreves that comes to a climax in driving syncopated rhythms that recall the last section of BK46; once again, the whole paragraph is repeated with newly invented figuration, bringing the work to a flourishing close.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

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