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A Preludium, BK116 EKM4

Forster (No 8). [Neighbour, p 223]

This anonymous prelude in G major (Mixolydian mode) was identified as Byrd’s by Oliver Neighbour in 1973. It is probably a late work. Some of Byrd’s other preludes seem linked with pavans or galliards and at least one was associated with a fantasia, but this work is not known to have been associated with any particular piece. However, nothing suggests that preludes could not also be used to introduce grounds or sets of variations.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Ce prélude anonyme en sol majeur (mode mixolydien) a été identifié en 1973 comme étant une œuvre de Byrd par Oliver Neighbour. C’est sans doute une pièce tardive. D’autres préludes semblent avoir un lien avec des pavanes et gaillardes, et au moins l’un d’entre eux est lié à une fantaisie, mais ce prélude ne semble pas être attaché à une pièce connue. Néanmoins, rien n’indique qu’un prélude ne pouvait pas précéder un ground ou une série de variations.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999


Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
CDS44461/77CDs Boxed set (at a special price)


Track 22 on CDS44461/7 CD2 [1'29] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44461/7 disc 2 track 22

Recording date
14 February 1997
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 22
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 2 Track 22
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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