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Track(s) taken from CDA66558

Praeludium to the Fancie, BK12

Weelkes (No 72), FVB (No 100). [Neighbour, p 222]

Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Recording details: February 1997
Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, France
Produced by John Hayward-Warburton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: June 2001
Total duration: 0 minutes 40 seconds

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'Here, now, is a clever selection featuring all six of his instruments including the captivating muselar. Essential listening' (BBC Music Magazine)

‘A good compilation, showcasing Moroney’s playing as well as the breadth and richness of Byrd’s output’ (Early Music Review)

‘If your library is in need of some early keyboard works then you need look no further. Without exception the performances are excellent. Highly recommended’ (www.musicteachers)
In the FVB, a marginal note indicates that this A minor prelude belongs with the youthful fantasia in the same key (BK13), and indeed it could well date from the 1560s. However, the two works were not copied out together, the fantasia occuring nearly a hundred pages earlier (as No 52). Moreover, sources copied by two of Byrd’s pupils do not confirm that the two belong together since the fantasia survives without the prelude in Tomkins and the prelude survives without the fantasia in Weelkes. Nothing therefore proves that Byrd was responsible for linking the two works. For this organ version I have placed it before another early voluntary, BK27, whose first half is in a compatible mode. It may be heard again, preceding BK13 (as suggested by the FVB), and on various different instruments at high pitch. This short piece is thus presented five times in this recording.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Dans le FVB, une note dans la marge indique que ce prélude en la mineur est lié à la grande fantaisie de jeunesse dans la même tonalité (BK13). Il pourrait bien avoir été composé dans les années 1560. Pourtant, les deux œuvres ne sont pas copiées ensemble, car la fantaisie y parait quelque cent pages auparavant (comme n° 52). De plus, des sources copiées par deux des élèves de Byrd ne confirment pas ce lien : la fantaisie se trouve dans le manuscrit Tomkins sans le prélude, et ce dernier est dans Weelkes sans la fantaisie. Aussi, rien ne prouve que Byrd soit responsable du lien affirmé par le FVB. Ici, à l’orgue, j’ai placé le prélude avant une autre belle fantaisie de jeunesse, BK27, dont la première partie est dans un mode compatible. On peut l’entendre à nouveau, placé avec la fantaisie BK13 (selon la suggestion du FVB), et sur divers instruments, au diapason haut. Le petit prélude paraît donc cinq fois dans cette intégrale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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