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Alman, BK11
composer
FVB (No 163). [Neighbour, ‘Alman g2’ p 169]

Recordings
'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
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Track 8 on CDS44461/7 CD2 [1'22] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Alman, BK11
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The opening of this work is based loosely on the traditional Romanesca bass, but the work is in Dorian G minor. The usual two strains of an alman are each presented with their simple varied repeats, making four short sections. In each of these, the left hand does little more than strum an accompaniment in a relatively unsubtle Italianate style so perhaps Byrd was only harmonising a pre-existent tune. The whole structure is then repeated again with more elaborate variation, including more left-hand activity and rapid right-hand scales; Byrd here more clearly appropriates the opening material and makes it fully his own. It is difficult to establish a dating for the piece, which could have been composed any time between 1570 and 1600, probably in around 1580.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDS44461/7 disc 2 track 8
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-55208
Duration
1'22
Recording date
18 December 1996
Recording venue
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Recording producer
John Hayward-Warburton
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDA66551/7)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 2 Track 8
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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