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Phoenix. A glass window specially designed, made and photographed by Malcolm Crowthers.
Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7
Recording details: March 1992
Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex, United Kingdom
Produced by Edward Kershaw
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 10 seconds

Corranto, BK45
FVB (No 241), NYPL 5609, p 114. [Neighbour, ‘Coranto (Jig) C1’ p 170]

Corranto BK45  [1'10]

Introduction  EnglishFrançais
The form of this little work is an ABCC quatrain, familiar from song forms and found in such pieces as Wilson’s Wilde and The Mayden’s songe. It is titled Corranto in the FVB and Jigg in the second source, which contains only the first sixteen bars. These opening bars are possibly an arrangement by Byrd of a pre-existant instrumental song or dance tune. On the other hand, the second half is clearly his own variation on this melody and is designed specifically for keyboard. It is played here simply on the 4’ stop of the harpsichord (at the upper octave), giving it a lightness well suited to its texture.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

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