Hyperion Records

A Pavyn and Galliard, BK16
BL Add MS 31392 (f. 6). [Neighbour, ‘Pavan & Galliard a3’ p 200]

'Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music' (CDS44461/7)
Byrd: The Complete Keyboard Music
MP3 £30.00FLAC £30.00ALAC £30.00Buy by post £33.00 CDS44461/7  7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Movement 1: Pavyn
Track 12 on CDS44461/7 CD7 [4'11] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Galliard
Track 13 on CDS44461/7 CD7 [1'36] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

A Pavyn and Galliard, BK16
These works survive in a manuscript dating from about 1600 (as well as in a recently discovered fragmentary source), but they must have been written considerably earlier. They are often overshadowed by Byrd’s more famous Aeolian mode A minor pavans and galliards, the third in the Nevell sequence (BK14), a ‘16-bar’ work, and the ‘8-bar’ Earle of Salisbury (BK15a); yet it would be a pity to overlook this pair. Here is a ‘16-bar’ pavan, with its six sections running to 96 semibreves; it is a fine example of Byrd’s early mastery of the form. Each strain is harmonically different: the three strains start on the unexpected chords of E major, C major and A major. Above all, it works out a systematic rhythmic progression from the slow semibreve harmonies in the first strain, through the minim harmonies in the second, to the crotchet movement and quaver syncopations in the third. The excellent galliard (whose varied strains start on the chords of A minor, F major and A major) sounds almost as if it could originally have been a song.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

   English   Français   Deutsch