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Track(s) taken from CDS44461/7

A Verse of Two Parts, BK28

Tomkins (No 10, p 38). [Neighbour, ‘Fantasia C4’ p 225]

Davitt Moroney (organ)
Recording details: September 1991
Église-Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France
Produced by Nicholas Parker
Engineered by Mike Hatch
Release date: September 1999
Total duration: 1 minutes 46 seconds

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

This little fancy (despite its name ‘Verse’) is a brilliant and playful piece in the C major Ionian mode. It was probably composed quite early in Byrd’s career, by the mid-1560s. The 2-part writing is typical of much organ music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The harmonies are amply filled in by the resonance in a large building. Nevertheless, this piece could possibly have originated as a consort bicinium (despite the brief addition of a third voice at the very end). The same style was later used by Giles Farnaby’s son Richard in his rather similar C major Duo (FVB, no. 238), and by Sweelinck in his G minor fantasia.

from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999

Cette petite composition est, en dépit du titre qui veut dire “un verset à deux voix”, une fantaisie brillante et joyeuse en ut majeur (mode ionien). Elle a sans doute été composée au début de la carrière de Byrd, avant 1565. L’écriture à deux voix est typique de la musique d’orgue des XVIe et XVIIe siècles. Les harmonies plus riches sont amplement suggérées par la résonance dans une grande église. Néanmoins l’œuvre a pu voir le jour comme pièce pour consort, un bicinium, nonobstant la brève apparition d’une troisième voix à la toute fin. Le même style sera utilisé plus tard par le fils de Giles Farnaby, Richard, dans un Duo comparable, en ut majeur (FVB, n° 238), ainsi que par Sweelinck dans une fantaisie en sol mineur.

extrait des notes rédigées par Davitt Moroney © 1999

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