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Track(s) taken from CDA66558
Recording details: December 1996
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Produced by John Hayward-Warburton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: June 2001
Total duration: 4 minutes 49 seconds

'Here, now, is a clever selection featuring all six of his instruments including the captivating muselar. Essential listening' (BBC Music Magazine)

‘A good compilation, showcasing Moroney’s playing as well as the breadth and richness of Byrd’s output’ (Early Music Review)

‘If your library is in need of some early keyboard works then you need look no further. Without exception the performances are excellent. Highly recommended’ (www.musicteachers)

The seventh pavian, Canon 2 parts in 1, BK74
Nevell (No 22). [Neighbour, ‘Pavan G6’ p 187]

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Davitt Moroney (muselar)
Introduction  EnglishFrançais
One of Byrd’s systematically canonic work for keyboard is the Lesson of voluntarie, two parts in one in the 4th above (BK26); it uses essentially the same canonic technique (since the interval of a ‘4th above’ is structurally the same as the ‘5th below’ used here). That work was through-composed, being a voluntary, or fantasia. The canon is present in strict form in the three principal phrases; in each of these, following the soprano entry, the alto part enters a fifth lower, after four minim beats. In the three varied repeats, the canon’s shadow continues to control all the imitations, but Byrd freely allows it to be hidden at the beginning and end of phrases by ornamental figuration in the top part.

The third strain starts on the chord of F major, emphasizing the Mixolydian mode. For some reason there appears to be no galliard associated with this or the next work. Being a ‘16-bar’ pavan, running to 96 semibreves, Byrd cannot have intended any association with the unattached galliard in the same Mixolydian G major (BK77). In any case, the absence of a galliard in the authoritative Nevell source would virtually forbid our linking one with it. This pavan is one of Byrd’s most concentrated and demanding works, with a particularly rich harmonic language and an unusually plangent treatment of dissonance.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Other albums featuring this work
'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
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