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Wilson's Wilde, BK37

FVB (No 157). [Neighbour, p 158]

This C major (Ionian mode) setting of a popular Elizabethan tune is considerably less complex than usual. Perhaps Byrd made it for a pupil with limited keyboard skills. After the full statement of the melody, there is only one further variation. The form is an ABCC quatrain, well known from verse stanza form; it is found in several other works, such as the C major Corranto (BK45) and The Mayden’s songe (BK82). Titled Wolseys Wilde in the FVB, the little work has the title Wilson’s Wilde in Forster (No 10, although only the title, without the music, was copied out) and the tune is known in other sources under that name.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette version en ut majeur (mode ionien) d’une chanson populaire élisabéthaine est nettement moins complexe que d’habitude. Peut-être Byrd l’a-t-il faite pour un élève dont les moyens musicaux étaient limités. Après l’énoncé de la mélodie complète, il n’y a qu’une seule vraie variation. La forme est un quatrain “ABCC”, bien connu des poètes ; on le retrouve dans d’autres œuvres de Byrd, telles la Corranto en ut majeur (BK45) et The Mayden’s songe (BK82). Intitulé Wolseys Wilde dans le FVB, cette petite pièce porte aussi le titre de Wilson’s Wilde dans Forster (n° 10, mais seul le titre, sans la musique, a été copié) et la mélodie est connue ailleurs sous ce même nom.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
CDS44461/77CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
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Track 20 on CDS44461/7 CD2 [1'23] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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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 20
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 2 Track 20
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  3. The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2 (HYP20)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: October 2000
    Deletion date: October 2010
    2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

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