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Lady Montegle's Paven, BK75

composer
FVB (No 294). [Neighbour, ‘Pavan G7’ p 198]

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: 2 minutes 59 seconds

Cover artwork: Phoenix. A glass window specially designed, made and photographed by Malcolm Crowthers.
 
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Elizabeth, Lady Monteagle, was the daughter of Thomas Stanley and the first wife of Edward Parker, the twelfth Lord Morley; she died in 1585, although this work could have been written in the 1570s. It is Byrd’s only ‘12-bar’ pavan, its six sections running to 72 semibreves, a perfectly regular feature despite being unusual. The ornamented repeats are particularly interesting. This is one of Byrd’s few works that seems to call for a Flemish-style short-octave keyboard.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Élizabeth, Lady Monteagle, était la fille de Thomas Stanley et la première femme d’Edward Parker, douzième Lord Morley ; elle est morte en 1585. Cette pièce date peut-être des années 1570. C’est la seule pavane “à douze” connue de Byrd, les six sections font donc soixante-douze semi-brèves, de façon parfaitement régulière. Bien qu’inhabituelle, elle se conforme aux règles. Les reprises variées sont particulièrement intéressantes. L’œuvre est l’une des rares à exploiter le clavier flamand en “octave courte” à la basse.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999