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A Pavion and The Galliard to it, BK72

composer
Weelkes (Nos 1, 2). [Neighbour, ‘Pavan & Galliard G3’ p 198]

 
The pavan is a ‘16-bar’ piece, its six sections running to 96 semibreves. The third strain starts on the chord of F major, firmly stressing the Mixolydian G major modality; the galliard takes a slightly different approach, with a surprising middle strain that starts on the chord of E major. The harmonic rhythm is particularly slow, but varied. In the first strain the bass moves firmly by fourths and fifths; in the second strain it descends and then rises in stepwise motion; and in the third it becomes static, effectively preparing the way for the fine, energetic galliard. This movement is somewhat similar stylistically to the third Nevell galliard (BK14b). These are no doubt early works.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

La pavane est “à seize”, ayant six sections et quatre-vingt-seize semi-brèves. La paire est en sol majeur (mode mixolydien) et la troisième strophe commence sur l’accord de fa majeur, pour souligner cet aspect mixolydien. Le schéma harmonique de la gaillarde est différent, en passant par l’accord surprenant de mi majeur dans la partie centrale. Le rythme harmonique est lent, mais varié. Dans la première strophe, la basse se déplace clairement par quartes et quintes. Dans la deuxième strophe, elle descend et puis remonte, par mouvement conjoint. Et dans la dernière partie, elle devient statique, afin de bien préparer l’énergie de la gaillarde. Celle-ci rappelle le style de la troisième gaillarde Nevell (BK14b). Il s’agit sans doute d’œuvres de jeunesse.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

Recordings

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

Details

Movement 1: Pavion
Track 17 on CDS44461/7 CD7 [4'13] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: The Galliard to it
Track 18 on CDS44461/7 CD7 [1'48] 7CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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