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A Galliard, BK77

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Forster (No 55). [Neighbour, ‘Galliard G9’ p 199]

 
Although this galliard is not linked in Forster with the pavan BK76, both pieces survive only in that source. However, they were not copied together and it is unlikely that Byrd intended them as a pair. This is Byrd’s shortest galliard, his only ‘4-bar’ work, with each strain only four bars long; it is therefore an unlikely companion for the spacious ‘16-bar’ pavan BK76 (or indeed the seventh Nevell pavan, which is also in G and also lacks a galliard). The textures of the work are somewhat reminiscent of the Eccho galliard although considerably less worked out, and the kind of galliard seems to be the later, slightly less rapid version of the dance. These features suggest it may have been written in around 1590.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette gaillarde ne suit pas, dans Forster, la pavane BK76, présentée sur la plage précédente, mais les deux morceaux existent uniquement dans cette source. Néanmoins, elles ne furent pas copiées ensemble et Byrd ne les a probablement pas conçues comme une paire. C’est la gaillarde la plus courte du compositeur, la seule “à quatre” ; il est donc peu probable que Byrd l’ait envisagée comme compagnon de l’ample pavane “à seize” BK76 (ou, d’ailleurs, de la septième pavane Nevell, qui est également en sol et qui n’a pas de gaillarde). Les textures de cette œuvre rappellent celles de la gaillarde Eccho tout en étant moins abouties. Il s’agit ici du genre plus tardif de gaillarde, moins rapide. Ces caractéristiques indiquent qu’elle a pu être composée vers 1590.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

Recordings

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

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Track 21 on CDS44461/7 CD5 [1'03] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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