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A Voluntarie, for my Ladye Nevell, BK61
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Nevell (No 26). [Neighbour, ‘Fantasia G1’ p 253]

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'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
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A Voluntarie, for my Ladye Nevell, BK61
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The voluntary played here, being in Nevell, must predate 1591, but only just. The manuscript’s table of contents calls it the voluntarie lesson. It opens with a short prelude that, in the most literal sense, sets the tone (Mixolydian G major). The same approach may be heard in another G major fantasia, BK63. The last section develops even further the idea already heard at the ends of Fancies BK46 and 25. In those works the closing idea lasted 7 and 12 semibreves, repectively; now it has become a long paragraph lasting 16 semibreves that comes to a climax in driving syncopated rhythms that recall the last section of BK46; once again, the whole paragraph is repeated with newly invented figuration, bringing the work to a flourishing close.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

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