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A Grounde, BK43
composer
Forster (No 46). [Neighbour, ‘Short Ground in C major’ p 120]

Recordings
'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
Buy by post £33.00 CDS44461/7  7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Byrd: Keyboard Music' (CDA66558)
Byrd: Keyboard Music
CDA66558  Deleted  
Details
Track 10 on CDS44461/7 CD3 [2'59] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 18 on CDA66558 [2'59] Deleted

A Grounde, BK43
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This is the first of Byrd’s three ‘short’ grounds, based on a little 4-bar repeating bass pattern (here heard alone at the start). The other two are BK9 and BK86. They are clearly all early works, probably dating from the 1560s. Despite the shortness of the 4-bar ground (in the C major Ionian mode), Byrd’s paragraphs are, as always, built in phrases that are much larger than the short ground itself. The first one, for example, covers more than eight statements of the bass.

The Regal stop (used here) was often found on small organs in sixteenth-century England. Several such instruments were listed on the inventory of Henry VIII’s instruments in 1547, for example the ‘faire Instrument being Regalles and Virgynalles’ that was in the ‘Kinges privey Chambre’. Such instruments were sometimes described as having a ‘stoppe of timbre pipes’. The instrument continued to be popular throughout the sixteenth century. William Treasorer, for example, was ‘Regall maker’ to both Edward VI and Elizabeth I.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

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Details for CDA66551/7 disc 3 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-55310
Duration
2'59
Recording date
8 September 1991
Recording venue
Église-Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France
Recording producer
Nicholas Parker
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDA66551/7)
    Disc 3 Track 10
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 3 Track 10
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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