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Fantasia, BK62

composer
Weelkes (No 66), FVB (No 261). [Neighbour, ‘Fantasia G2’ p 232]

 
Thomas Tomkins included this work (‘A Fantasi of Mr Byrdes in gamut’) on one of his lists of Lessons of worthe. On another list of Byrd’s finest keyboard compositions he refers to it as ‘his old Fancy’ and, indeed, its structural features indicate that it probably dates from the 1560s. Weelkes is the best of the four sources. Byrd’s fancy is a perfect example of the traditional English fancy where the composer changes theme when he is ready to move on, arranging contrasted sections and gradually increasing movement throughout the work. It is his most extended work in fantasia form, and the majestic length of the opening point of imitation serves well to prepare the listener for the large scale of the piece. It would no doubt be a misnomer to call this imitative keyboard polyphony the ‘old style’ for when Byrd wrote it (to borrow Anthony Newcomb’s nice phrase) the stilo antico was ‘still young’. This fancy uses the full range of the keyboard in a most brilliant fashion, reserving the lowest note, C, for the very end. It is splendidly sonorous on the organ, but on the harpsichord (and at higher pitch) it has a livelier, if somewhat less noble, character.

Peter Philips wrote an extended Fantasia based on his teacher’s theme (FVB, no. 84), but it follows continental models by being entirely monothematic (even rather doggedly so, with rather earnest diminutions and augmentations of the theme). It was no doubt through Philips that Pieter Cornet got the theme for his own work based on the same melody.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Thomas Tomkins a inclus cette œuvre dans l’une de ses listes de Lessons of worthe, et dans une autre liste des meilleures pièces de Byrd, il l’appelle “sa vieille fantaisie”. En effet, elle doit dater des années 1560. Weelkes est la meilleure des quatre sources. Cette Fantasia de Byrd est un parfait exemple de la fantaisie anglaise, où le compositeur change de thème quand il le veut, compose des sections bien contrastées et augmente la valeur des notes progressivement pendant la pièce. C’est la plus développée de toutes les fantaisies de Byrd. La longueur sereine du premier “point” d’imitation annonce bien l’envergure de l’œuvre. Ce serait sans doute une erreur de voir ici le stilo antico car, quand Byrd l’a écrite, le vieux style était “encore jeune” (pour reprendre une belle phrase de Anthony Newcomb). Cette fantaisie utilise toute l’étendue du clavier, d’une façon brillante, et réserve la note la plus grave, l’ut, pour la toute fin. Elle est très sonore et noble à l’orgue, mais au clavecin, et à un diapason plus haut, l’effet peut être plus vigoureux.

Peter Philips a composé une longue Fantasia basée sur le thème de son maître (FVB, n° 84). Celle-ci est écrite dans le style continental, étant monothématique (presque trop, avec des augmentations et diminutions rythmiques, démontrées systématiquement et avec beaucoup de zèle). C’est sans doute par Philips que Pieter Cornet a connu ce thème, car il l’utilise aussi dans une pièce d’orgue.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

Recordings

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

Details

Track 17 on CDS44461/7 CD3 [9'06] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 4 on CDS44461/7 CD4 [7'19] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44461/7 disc 3 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-55317
Duration
9'06
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 17
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 3 Track 17
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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