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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

A Preludium, BK116 EKM4

composer
Forster (No 8). [Neighbour, p 223]

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Recording details: February 1997
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Produced by John Hayward-Warburton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 29 seconds

Cover artwork: Phoenix. A glass window specially designed, made and photographed by Malcolm Crowthers.
 
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This anonymous prelude in G major (Mixolydian mode) was identified as Byrd’s by Oliver Neighbour in 1973. It is probably a late work. Some of Byrd’s other preludes seem linked with pavans or galliards and at least one was associated with a fantasia, but this work is not known to have been associated with any particular piece. However, nothing suggests that preludes could not also be used to introduce grounds or sets of variations.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Ce prélude anonyme en sol majeur (mode mixolydien) a été identifié en 1973 comme étant une œuvre de Byrd par Oliver Neighbour. C’est sans doute une pièce tardive. D’autres préludes semblent avoir un lien avec des pavanes et gaillardes, et au moins l’un d’entre eux est lié à une fantaisie, mais ce prélude ne semble pas être attaché à une pièce connue. Néanmoins, rien n’indique qu’un prélude ne pouvait pas précéder un ground ou une série de variations.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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