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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: 5 minutes 18 seconds

My Lady Nevell's Grownde, BK57
composer
Nevell (No 1). [Neighbour, p 131]

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Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Introduction  EnglishFrançais
This ground is one of Byrd’s finest based on a long bass pattern, and probably dates from no earlier than the mid-1580s. It has an overall structure akin to, and perhaps derived from, the Qui passe, for my Ladye Nevell, BK19. However, here he invented for himself a fundamentally more interesting harmonic pattern for the bass. The 24-bar ground contains three 8-bar phrases, each starting on the different chords of A major, G major and C major, respectively; the result is a considerably less foursquare phrase-structure than the one he was stuck with in the Qui passe, and a wider harmonic palette, allowing the work comfortably to occupy different tonal areas. There are six variations of increasing complexity, leading to a short but florid coda in which Byrd’s delight in the piece is as tangible as his reluctance to leave it.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999


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