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Fantasia, BK62
composer
Weelkes (No 66), FVB (No 261). [Neighbour, ‘Fantasia G2’ p 232]

Recordings
'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
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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)

Fantasia, BK62
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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

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Details for CDS44461/7 disc 4 track 4
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-55404
Duration
7'19
Recording date
31 March 1992
Recording venue
Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Edward Kershaw
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDA66551/7)
    Disc 4 Track 4
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 4 Track 4
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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