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The Ghost, BK78
composer
FVB (No 162), Matchett (f. 20). [Neighbour, p 168]

Recordings
'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
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Track 10 on CDS44461/7 CD7 [2'58] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

The Ghost, BK78
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The ghost is probably not a spooky one. In Elizabethan English, the word’s range of meanings was closer to ‘spirit’. The work is in the form, and has the character, of an alman. The melody itself may perhaps not be by Byrd. The first phrase (in G) is followed by a varied repeat; the second phrase (which starts in A minor) is twice as long, and is followed by its varied repeat. The whole harmonic structure is then repeated in more varied form. The treatment is exactly comparable to that found in many other almans by Byrd. In Clement Matchett’s manuscript a copying date of 20 August 1612 is given although the work was probably composed some thirty years earlier.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDS44461/7 disc 7 track 10
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-55710
Duration
2'58
Recording date
18 December 1996
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 7 Track 10
    Release date: September 1999
    Deletion date: July 2010
    7CDs Superseded by CDS44461/7
  2. Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music (CDS44461/7)
    Disc 7 Track 10
    Release date: September 2010
    7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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