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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

A Horne Pipe, BK39

Forster (No 8), Weelkes (No 67). [Neighbour, p 121]

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Recording details: March 1992
Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex, United Kingdom
Produced by Edward Kershaw
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 6 minutes 17 seconds

Cover artwork: Phoenix. A glass window specially designed, made and photographed by Malcolm Crowthers.

This youthful work in C major was possibly inspired by Hugh Aston’s excellent Hornepype (c1530), and probably dates from the late 1560s. At the start Byrd puts on the brakes, wilfully holding back the energy so that the piece almost seems to have difficulty getting off the ground. But his apparently slow starts are always deliberate, a compositional ploy designed to set off the intensity that follows. When he does at last release the energy the work takes flight rapidly, with all the force of pent-up vigour and good humour. In Neighbour’s words, this Horne Pipe ‘keeps breaking into dance rhythms of unquenchable gaiety’.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette œuvre de jeunesse, en ut majeur, est peut-être inspirée par l’excellent Hornepype de Hugh Aston (vers 1530), et date probablement de la fin des années 1560. Au tout début, Byrd retient délibérément l’énergie. Comme résultat, la pièce semble avoir du mal à commencer. Mais cette sorte de frein, comme toujours dans de telles pièces, n’est qu’une astuce, une technique de composition pour mieux mettre en valeur ce qui va suivre. Quand il lâche l’énergie finalement, l’œuvre prend son envol rapidement, avec toute la force d’une puissance libérée, et de bonne humeur. Pour reprendre la phrase de Neighbour, ce Horne Pipe “ne peut pas s’empêcher de danser sur des rythmes d’une gaieté inextinguible.”

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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